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Santa Clarita community center sprouts new art project

ARTree Community Arts Center brings Newhall mural back as large photographic display

Posted: September 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The ARTree's Ever-Changing Mural displaying the images of 12 children on the 90 foot vinyl photograph was installed on Railroad Avenue near 9th Street in Newhall on Saturday. Two additional 30 foot panels are displayed on either side of the cinder block building.

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The Ever-Changing Wall, a giant photographic mural conceived by the local ARTree Community Arts Center, has returned to Newhall.

The mural, installed on Saturday, features large pictures of children fixed to three sides of a building near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Ninth Street.

One of the primary ideas behind the piece is to foster community investment in the arts, according to Dianne Foderaro, ARTree secretary and education chair.

“We feel that when you allow the community to be part of what’s going on then they take pride, just as we take pride in the growth and recognition of art,” Foderaro said.

The wall also makes a statement about the importance of art to children in the Santa Clarita Valley and beautifies the area, according to the ARTree website.

The pictures affixed to the wall were taken locally and include children from the Newhall Community Center, Boys & Girls Club and other organizations earlier this year, according to Foderaro.

The photos were then printed on vinyl panels and attached to the building Saturday.

Many people were quite literally invested in the project. ARTree conducted an online fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to raise approximately $4,000 for the wall, according to Foderaro.

That money covers most of the estimated $6,500 cost for the wall, according to the Kickstarter project page.
Foderaro said the project was a tremendous undertaking, but shows the support the Santa Clarita Valley has for the arts.

“We’re a small but mighty group,” she said of ARTree. “We have big ideas and when something like this comes to fruition we just go, ‘Wow.’”

Based in the Santa Clarita Valley, ARTree “offers and provides opportunities to explore, create and nurture artistic potential for children and adults throughout the community of Santa Clarita,” according to its website.
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