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This mural is a reflective portrait of the people who live, work, and play in Grand Rapids' Heartside. The Grandville Area Arts and Humanities (GAAH) Cook Arts Center's Teen Leaders were invited to design a new mural to cover one that was chipped and worn. In order to create the new mural design in this unique downtown setting, CAC Teens met with Heartside Neighborhood residents and visitors, inviting them to participate in the design process. CAC Teens hosted various activities and interactions in order to gather ideas and better understand what is important to Heartside neighbors. With the ideas, symbols, and stories shared by both neighbors and teens together, multiple designs were created and then presented to residents for feedback. This collaborative design process is an important part of the way the Cook Arts Center Teen Leaders approach public art projects, working together as a team amongst ourselves and the community at large. Local artist Jordyn Fishman led the teens on this project.
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Learn more about the UICA Exit Space Project and upcoming murals that may not yet be included in this Vamonde Adventure.
After you visit the murals outside, be sure to stop by The Galleries at UICA and see the exhibitions and works on view, inside.