ROSMY, Richmond’s LGBT youth support organization, is set to unveil a new mural that graces the walls of their youth center at 2311 Westwood Avenue at 6PM tonight.
Local Art 180 artists Chris Milk Hulburt and Julie Elkins helped guide the young artists throughout the project, which Beth Penalitis said was a great opportunity for the kids to express themselves as well as leave a mark on a space they can call their own.
The project started on June 25th, when the Art 180 folks met with the ROSMY youth to start coming up with ideas. These early meetings were key to the final result. “The process was as important as the end product,” said Penalitis. The planning and building allowed for all kinds of self-expression that is key to positive development and confidence building.
The next few weeks were spent finalizing the design, which featured ideas of love and community. Actual painting began on July 15 and ran until the 21st. Penalitis said the kids “were here in 104 degree temps, not complaining, just being really excited and eating a lot of popsicles.”
But this wasn’t a paint-by-numbers project with the Art 180 artists laying down outlines for the kids to fill in, instead, there were basic outlines laid out with tons of room for the kids to express their own message. For example, Penalitis said one youth noticed the vast number of window sills on the building and suggested each sill be painted to match a different pride flag.
Your chance to take part in the unveiling of the mural happens tonight at 6PM at 2311 Westwood avenue. Be sure to stop by and show the ROSMY youth some support.