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Published October 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

click to enlarge The front of the center - COURTESY OF MAGGIE STANDLEY
  • Courtesy of Maggie Standley
  • The front of the center
click to enlarge Painting in progress - COURTESY OF MAGGIE STANDLEY
  • Courtesy of Maggie Standley
  • Painting in progress

Burlington's Old North End just got a whole lot brighter. Wingspan Studio's Maggie Standley and a group of teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington spent the summer painting a whimsical mural in vibrant hues on all four walls of the club's Academic Tutoring Center, in Roosevelt Park. Each wall has a different theme: On one, the word "potential" appears repeatedly above a fiery rising sun; on another, a winged guardian-angel bulldog hovers over mountains and sunflowers. There's also a painting of two men — Bobby Miller and Bill Bissonette — floating in a basket. The local business owners donated materials, staff and time to renovate the tutoring center in 2014. The words "Great Futures Start Here" stretch across the front of the building.

click to enlarge Maggie Standley (center) with teen muralists - COURTESY OF MAGGIE STANDLEY
  • Courtesy of Maggie Standley
  • Maggie Standley (center) with teen muralists

Teens applied to be part of the mural project, which took place in July and August. In return for a stipend, the 12 kids selected helped in every part of the process, from design and measurement to setting up equipment and painting. In September, Standley says one of those kids came by while she and a group of local artists were putting finishing touches on the piece and his mouth fell open. "Wow, this is amazing," he said.

Check out the Boys & Girls Club mural at 57 Oak Street in Burlington's Roosevelt Park.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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