YOUTH IN ARTS PROJECT PAINTING TWENTYNINE PALMS DOWNTOWN UTILITY BOXES

YOUTH IN ARTS PROJECT PAINTING TWENTYNINE PALMS DOWNTOWN UTILITY BOXES

A unique public arts project is taking place in downtown Twentynine Palms. Reporter David Haldane say local high school students are focusing on beautifying utility boxes…
You see them gathering at 2:30 p.m., a bunch of teenagers that you’d expect would be home drinking cold Coca Colas after school. Instead, these Twentynine Palms High School students are painting pictures on public utility boxes in the sun.
“We’re hoping that when people come into Twentynine Palms, it will attract them to stay longer here and they’ll look around.”
That’s Gillyan Thorburn, a member of the city Public Arts Advisory Committee that’s overseeing this city beautification project. The go-to guy for the kids is her husband, professional muralist Art Mortimer, who spent several weeks teaching them how it’s done.
Three afternoons this week the kids are painting a large utility box at the corner of Gorgonio and Adobe Road. In the next several weeks, they will be doing two more.
Fifteen-year-old Taylor Frantz says it’s all about making a difference.
“It’s amazing to be like, oh yeah, I helped do that. I’m helping beautify the city…by creating what I love to do.”

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