The City of New Brighton has won a community arts grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to paint a mural on the west wall of the New Brighton Community Center. The mural will be approximately 15 feet tall x 30 feet wide and is scheduled to be completed by July 15, 2019. Pamela Sukhum, a local muralist, will work together with Community Partners with Youth, RISE, Northeast Bank and other volunteers and partners to create the artwork. It will be designed to promote equity, inclusion, and a sense of community for the residents of New Brighton. “Arts projects are a vital part of our city and the opportunity to receive this type of funding is important to the future of New Brighton,” said Mayor Valerie Johnson.
The mural will be a part of Pamela Sukhum’s “The Beautiful Project” that has worked with people from all around the world to inspire and empower communities. The project combines perspectives from community members after they’ve been asked the simple question of what they find to be beautiful in their own world. Each participant contributes to the content with their own pieces of art and Pamela creates the outline for the final art piece using those contributions. After the outline is complete, all participants and volunteers work together to fill in the painting using techniques and theory taught by Pamela Sukhum.
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”