The Planning and Development Department of Mountain Village has been looking for creative ways to improve common areas around Village Court Apartments (VCA) in Mountain Village. The Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes, was aware that the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, collaborated with the local school and other partners in Norwood to produce a mural at the Norwood Post Office. Town of Mountain Village reached out to the Ah Haa to see if they could model a similar mural project at VCA. The Ah Haa suggested to partner with True North Youth Program to paint two murals.
The decision was made to hold a mural design contest with Kids from True North Youth Program with winning designs to be painted in approved areas at VCA where Kids can take pride in providing this service by having their art displayed.
“We are excited about this mural project on so many levels. It will activate common areas, provides a fun collaborative project for local artists and will be a source of community pride,” said Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director for the Town of Mountain Village.
Winners for the mural designs were announced January 10, 2018, during the weekly afterschool academic tutoring class for the True North Youth Program. Congratulations to Telluride High School students, Brenda Guitierrez and Kaila Reloj for their mural designs chosen as templates to create the mural at VCA. Cecilia Curry, VCA Manager, had the honor of presenting the awards signed by Mountain Village Mayor, Laila Benitez and Town Manager, Kim Montgomery. Young painters will collaborate to paint within the templates drawn by the winning students with direction by Tara Carter, Ah Haa Youth Curriculum Director and Ann Cheeks, local artist.
The murals are to be painted in the main laundry room at VCA. VCA looks forward to continuing their partnership with the Ah Haa this summer for future mural projects.
VCA is accepting paint donations for the mural project to repurpose existing materials. If you are interested in donating paint for the mural project please call Cecilia Curry, Property Manager at VCA (970) 369-8233.
Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Daily Planet.