***MEDIA ADVISORY***PRESS CONFERENCE***
COMPAS ArtsWork program unveils completed mural on the BNSF Railway Underpass
Community dedicates underpass as a gateway to welcome North End residents and visitors
- Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, City of Saint Paul
- Amy G. McBeth, BNSF Railway
- Lynda Bennett, Face to Face/Safe Zone
- Cristina Lora, ArtsWork Apprentice
- Roderic Southall, COMPAS
- Dawne Brown White, COMPAS
- WHAT: Commemoration of improvements, including a hand-painted mural created by local youth to the BNSF Railway Bridge Underpass in Saint Paul’s North End, extending across Maryland Avenue near Marydale Park
- WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
- WHERE: North Side of Marydale Park, Facing Maryland Ave. and the BNSF Railway Underpass
541 Maryland Avenue West, Saint Paul MN
- WHY: Apprentices employed through the COMPAS ArtsWork program have been hard at work all Summer, working alongside professional teaching artists to hand-paint a mural on the BNSF Railway underpass across Maryland Avenue. The cleaned and painted underpass will serve as a gateway to Saint Paul’s North End, greeting residents and visitors and reflecting the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support for this project came from the City of St Paul Cultural STAR Program, the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, the Sundance Foundation, the City of Saint Paul’s Right Track program, Face to Face, Kendall’s Ace Hardware, BNSF Railway and individual contributors to COMPAS.
COMPAS uses the arts to unleash the creativity within all of us, so we can create better lives and better communities. The staff and 100+ artists on its roster are experienced innovators in creative, art-filled learning and have been cited for excellence by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the MN Dept of Education, the NEA and others. Programs are held at schools, libraries, hospitals, shelters and other community centers. Artists hail from over 40 different cultural backgrounds and engage people in award-winning art-creation experiences in a variety of literary, musical, visual and performing art genres. For more information about COMPAS, please visit COMPAS.org.