Kingston, NY – The “Traveling Mural” was created by youth in the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) with local interdisciplinary artist, Star Nigro. The eco-mural was created with everyday objects and recycled materials, such as wood pallets and bottle caps, and carries the message, “No matter our differences, we always have something in common.”
The award-winning mural has been on display at the Ulster County Fair, New York State Fair (where it was awarded Outstanding Exhibit), Kingston O+ Festival, Catskill Visitor Center, and is now at Kingston City Hall!.
On August 15, 2019, Nigro and the youth artists met with Mayor Steve Noble and the Director of the Department of Art and Cultural Affairs for the City of Kingston, Adrielle Farr. Youth discussed the collaborative process during the creation of the mural and their excitement to be able to share this piece with the public. Nigro found the project to be transformative, commenting that “the public and educators realized the effectiveness of this project and the reality of what you can do with students. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Farr has received positive feedback and reactions from visitors at City Hall. “I think people are really excited to be able to see a piece of artwork that was made from reused and recycled materials… it really inspired some folks…” The City is also pleased to see community programs, like RAPP, who are “using the arts to communicate a message of Earth friendliness and inclusivity.”
The Relatives as Parents Program is one of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Healthy Communities sub-programs. RAPP supports people raising children when parents are unavailable to parent.
CCE thanks Herzog’s of Kingston for their generous gift of building materials, RAW Makers of Kingston for their use of facilities and staff, including professional carpenter John Sauve.
For more on the Relatives as Parents Program, visit ulster.cce.cornell.edu/RAPP. Visit the City of Kingston’s Department of Art and Cultural Affairs website for another look at the project: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/artandculturalaffairs.
For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events go to ulster.cce.cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.
Photo: Youth from the RAPP meet with Adrielle Farr.