Teen Artists enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale
Avondale’s Friendship Park is notably one of the nicest newer parks in the West Valley. And now, it’s getting a fresh new artistic piece courtesy of some local community teens. Twenty teen artists are creating a LithoMosaic mural, which will be installed later this year at the new splash pad at Friendship Park located at 12325 W. McDowell Road in Avondale.
LithoMosaic is an art technique that allows artists and architects to design vast, hand-crafted mosaics to be set as an integral part of massive concrete pours. The project is part of the West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37 program, which pairs students ages 15-18 with professional artists to design, develop and install permanent public art. The participating teens will each earn five college credits for the project.
The new splash pad and art project is part of a multi-year $5.3 million enhancement project at Friendship Park. The concept, which is a tortoise, involves having the teens gluing tiny tiles piece by piece to complete the images. Avondale’s Municipal Art Committee contributed $25,000 in funding toward the project, and the West Valley Arts Council received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with in-kind support from EMCC. More than 100 Valley students have participated, and the local program won the Governor’s Art Award this year. Want to learn more about this project and how teen artists are enhancing Friendship Park in Avondale? Contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384 or visit westvalleyarts.org.
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