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HAMDEN — The community is invited to help craft a mosaic tile mural to adorn the Hamden Youth Services Bureau, as coordinator Susan Rubino kicks off an effort to bring public and youth-driven art to town.
Rubino said Friday she had been struck by the thought of bringing public art to Hamden, inspired by what had been done elsewhere, considering it a chance to bring vibrancy to the city and allow people the opportunity to express ownership of their environment.
As an initial step, with the help of Arts for Learning Connecticut and a grant from the town, she created a plan to put a mural on the brick wall near the Pine Street entrance of the Youth Services Bureau.
“I wanted it to be something abstract and not just something corny that you’d look at, like a bird or a dragon ... and you’d look at in a few years (and say) ‘ah, I’m sick of looking at that,’” said Rubino. “We just wanted it just be something fun — but designed by the kids, which is the cool part.”
Young people participating in an afterschool program at the bureau drew and doodled a design, which was refined into the look of the mural-to-be by a digital artist. The results are kaleidoscopic — bright yellow and white hearts and circles.
Now, Rubino is asking for the community to help bring it to fruition — young people and staff will be cutting and placing the tiles of the mural onto plywood at the Keefe Community Center from April 17 through 20, and those interested are asked to come by and help.
“There’s a lot of work to do, so we need volunteers,” said Rubino.
Rubino said she hopes this is the first step of a larger effort to create public art in Hamden, with designs spurred and crafted by the community.
Other town officials have bought in, she said.
Ideas include chalk designs outside of the bureau, using work from the chalk festival at Hamden High School and creating art in crosswalks — a thought endorsed by Police Chief Thomas J. Wydra.
“We want to build on this. We want to fill the whole town of Hamden with public art,” said Rubino. “We want the public’s ideas. I’m excited about it, it was originally my idea, but I don’t want it to be all about my ideas.”
She hopes people, including the youth, come forward with suggestions — perhaps to decorate a bench or create a mural on an abandoned building.
“I want (residents) to feel a part of the community — that they have a say in how their town looks, that we’re open to hearing ideas... we want everything to be transparent, and we want everyone to kind of have a say in it — not dictate,” said Rubino. “I hope it brings a sense of community, buy-in, the importance of our young people and giving them a voice.”
There is value to art, she said — as a form of expression, of beauty, and an additional part in the life of a place.
“Art is — it’s life. There’s a lot of kids that, they need art — it’s a form of expression, that maybe they don’t have the words to express, but they could express it through their art, and it’s beauty, and it’s culture. It’s a sign of the times,” said Rubino. “It just adds another layer, besides the brick-and-mortar, the buildings, the stores, the houses — but public, being out in the open, for all — you don’t have to go into a museum.”
Residents are asked to come by the Keefe Community Center and help with the mosaic tile mural on April 17, 18 and 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on April 19, according to a flier for the event.
The annual SoHa Kid SpringFest, featuring games and attractions for young people, will be held during the effort, on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Source : https://www.nhregister.com/metro/article/Hamden-wants-youth-involved-as-effort-to-bring-12832791.php