Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

500 Kids and Teens Paint Murals for the City of Dallas

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

500 Kids and Teens Paint Murals for the City of Dallas

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Young people from throughout Dallas recently participated in a mural contest meant to educate youth and the general public about conserving water.

Thirty-eight students at Dallas' Marcus Recreation Center painted the winner of this year's mural contest, titled "Story Book on Saving Water."

The youngest artist was 6 and the oldest 12.

"The goal is to educate young people in a creative way about the importance of conserving water," said Dallas Water Utilities Director Bob Johnson. "When you see the murals they created, you understand these kids get it. They understand why we must save water. They're the ones who have the most to lose if we don't conserve what we have."

Using a storybook theme, the kids painted a vibrant mural that tells a story explaining how to save water.

The mural will travel around Dallas and be exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Latino Cultural Center and the African American Museum throughout August.

More than 500 students from 10 YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and City of Dallas Recreation Centers competed in the contest. Each center submitted a mural that best represented the students' ideas and concepts related to water conservation. A panel of environmentalists, art enthusiasts and teachers then judged the entries.

The mural contestants participate in community summer youth programs organized through the YMCA and the City of Dallas.

The city provided each recreation center with an 8' x 4' canvas, and students were asked to create murals with water conservation themes. …

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