Human Relations News

The public is invited to join members of the Youth Advisory Council at Winston Square Park at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, to paint the first portion of an “expression wall” that will display murals and personal expressions.

With the approval of the Recreation and Parks Commission and the City Council, the wall is located on the Spruce Street side of Winston Square Park, to the right on the base of the stairs that lead to a walkway over the fountain.

The wall will be open to anyone in the community, but the Youth Advisory Council will market it as a place where young people can express themselves. Youth Advisory Council members will complete the first round of painting at the opening celebration.

The Youth Advisory Council voted to dedicate the first year of the wall to youth residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County who passed away during the 2010-2011 school year. The council will choose a different theme for the wall in subsequent years.

The Youth Advisory Council received a $537.50 grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation for paint and supplies to create the wall. The council is responsible for maintaining the wall should it become defaced or painted with negative imagery.

The Youth Advisory Council was created by the City Council in 1989 to give high school students an opportunity to become more aware of local government and become involved in local issues by participating in community activities.

Youth Advisory Council members also participate in approximately 40 hours of community service and select an annual project to implement. In choosing the expression wall for this year’s project, the council members wanted to complement Winston-Salem’s identity as the “City of the Arts and Innovation.”

For more information about the expression wall or the program on June 3, call CityLink at 727-8000.

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