Public Art and Mural Program
Yuma Art Center in collaboration with Arizona at Work (Formerly known as Youth Private Industry Council -YPIC ).
Working together for our youth, our pride, our tomorrow.
Our youth summer mural program has been enriching and beautifying our community for the past 14 years. The Summer Mural Program is a 5 to 8 week program. The first two weeks begin with an “art boot camp” class where the students learn the art basics, from brush strokes to color and value. However, the students not only learn about art, they learn about team work, marketing, public speaking and work ethics and the importance of it.
The students are grouped, and come up with several concepts for them to present to the Parks and Recreation Division heads, where they have to explain and sale their concept without degrading the other groups. When the winning concept gets selected, the painting starts.
A mural unveil is something that is a big part of this program, because it showcases the growth and the talent these kids have learned in the short weeks. It also gives the students, the parents, and the families, a closer look at what they (students) can do when given the right tools, the right foundation, and the right education.
This program gives our students a glimpse of what they can accomplish when you have the right tools and the determination; you can become an artist and paint a mural when in fact you have never hold a brush or even sketched. This program, gives our students that push that makes their self-esteem go straight to the top. They leave thinking to which college I’m going to attend!
“Nothing good comes easy.” This is what I tell our mural students, it’s a lesson that will help them throughout their lives."
- Ana Lazo-Padilla, City of Yuma Marketing Specialist
Mural Supervisor, Ana Lazo-Padilla - City of Yuma Marketing Specialist
Mural Instructor, Albert Escalante
Assistant Mural Instructor, Melissa Zaragoza-Ramirez
If anyone is interested in being part of the summer mural program, and for more informatmion on requirements, please contact Arizona at Work - Youth Career Connect.
Arizona at Work - Youth Career Connect Services
Contact Number- (928) 783-9347
Evelyn Aello - Youth Career Connect Advocate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Blackthunder- Youth Services Manager, Iblackthunder@ypic.com