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ALTernative Plans Community Mural on East Main Street

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The Near East Side will be getting a bit more colorful in the near future, as the ALTernative community mural group plans to paint a new wall mural at 993 East Main Street next month. The nonprofit group was commissioned by the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) to turn the blake wall into something more meaningful for the area.

“Mural projects offer an opportunity for residents to express a creative vision for their community,” said David Royer, CEO of ADAMH. “The goal of this project is to spur community renewal by communicating the vision, and core values of the community behavioral health system through block cleanups, working with community members to design and paint murals, and anti-stigma messaging.”

Local artists Michael Halliday and Joss Parker will complete the project along with two student painters. ALTernative, founded by Tim Lai and Eliza Ho, previously completed the award-winning Ohio Birds Mural in Glen Echo Ravine.

“We engage the community in our creative process,” said Ho, who is also the project’s manager. “We held a public meeting to brainstorm design ideas — and the key words that we heard repeatedly in the discussion were children, energy, and creativity.”

The building at 993 East Main Street is currently home to the Community for New Direction, which serves more than 1,000 youth members aged between 5 and 18 with in-school and after school programs, summer day camps and other services.

A mural kickoff gathering took place on July 19th and artists are currently working to paint the mural. A community reveal celebration is planned for August 15th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, which will include live music and refreshments.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALTernativeColumbus.

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