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Youth ideas to fuel a second mural

Chicago area artist to participate in BCAC project

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Chicago-based artist Andy Bellomo, who stands in front of a mural that she helped to create with the Chicago Public Art Group at Osterman Beach, will visit the city this spring to collaborate on a Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission project with local youths. (PHOTO | ANDYBARTWORKS.COM)

Local youths were the driving force behind a community mural that was installed in the city earlier this year. In a similar effort, another colorful creation soon will grace the downtown Bellefontaine area as a result of a second grant received by the Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission.

The organization recently was awarded a $9,000 Mary Eleanor Morris Fund educational grant for the new project, following the receipt of an $8,000 grant last year for a mural that is displayed on one side of the Allstate Insurance building, 207 S. Main St.

“Receiving this second grant is really exciting, as it proves that we had a successful project in the eyes of the foundation,” BCAC director Chloe Manor said. “We’re pleased that they wanted to work with us again.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from the first mural. We also saw the positive impact that it had on our youth, which was more than enough for us to feel like it was a worthwhile project.”

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