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Money stops Malden mural project

Posted by Alix Roy  June 10, 2010 11:04 AM

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Plans for a community mural to liven up Malden's downtown have been stalled by lack of funding, a frustrating blow to local youths and organizers who have worked on the initiative for nearly two years.

According to Tova Speter, a program manager for Art Connection, a Boston-based nonprofit that spearheaded the project, funding for the completion of the mural was expected to arrive in the form of a grant from the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts. It did not, and now the future of the mural is in jeopardy.

“It's a shame,” Speter said on Wednesday. “So many people put so much work into this project.”

A group of 15 Malden youths worked with Speter and other artists to create a design for the mural, which pays tribute to the city's past and future generations. Community meetings were held to gather input from residents about the design and to encourage all Maldonians to sign up to help paint the mural this summer.
 
“It was great,” Speter said of the workshops. “There was lots of interest, lots of excitement. The kids were really involved and invested.”

Last year, the MBTA granted permission for the mural to be painted on a drab underpass that wraps around Pleasant and Summer streets next to the Malden Center MBTA Station. The approval of the location was greeted with similar enthusiasm from the public, Speter said.
 
But without funding, the hard work of the past two years could be for naught. Speter and Ward 8 City Councilor Judi Bucci, who chairs the Citizen Engagement Committee, are working to secure funding sources for the painting of the mural, which should cost around $5,000. Ideally, Speter would like to see the project started as soon as possible so that involved high school seniors have a chance to see the project through to fruition.
 
“It really would be great to have it happen sooner rather than later,” she said. “It's not a ton of money, but it's a ton of impact.”

To donate to the mural project, click here, or contact Speter at tspeter@theartconnection.org.

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