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District 5’s new P.A.I.N.T. Project has an important message about the challenge of the future for young people

Monday June 30, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / m526-3622

Louisville – A new mural in the Chickasaw Neighborhood has an important message for young people in the community. On Monday, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) joined officials with the Center for Neighborhoods for the dedication of “On the Road to Life – Challenge Your Self” by local artist, Victor Sweatt.

“This mural has an inspirational message for the young people who see it here at the corner of Cecil and Greenwood,” says Hamilton. “We hope they will be curious to learn more about the people and the history depicted in this wonderful neighborhood art.”

The mural is located on a vacant lot at the corner and its theme “On the Road to Life, Challenge Yourself” has many messages. Those messages focus on history, education and culture along with words supporting anti-drug and anti-violence efforts.

It is one of three new P.A.I.N.T. projects funded by District 5 and District 1. The two other projects “The Community Totem Pole” and “I Am, I can, I Will, I Dream” were officially dedicated on Sunday at the Ashanti House on 28th Street and the Parkland Community Garden.

At Cecil and Greenwood, the mural was created with the help of local young people, and other volunteers like Bill Murphy of the Organization of Black Aero-space Professionals. Others from the Shawnee Arts and Culture Center also assisted in its creation.

“As a community, we have focused our attention on helping young people develop a sense of purpose,” said Hamilton. “Projects such as this mural not only help turn vacant structures into works of public art, they show our young people how easily creativity can influences communities.”

P.A.I.N.T. stands for Producing Art In Neighborhoods Together.

Cheri Bryasnt Hamilton (D) 5