Oak Park goes off the wall

March 17, 2014 by  

The village trustees of Oak Park have given their approval to a project that will bring more art to the community.

A budget request for $12,000 has been submitted in order to fund the ‘Off the Wall’ program, which is supported by the Village of Oak Park Area Arts Council.

The Off the Wall program began in 2005, with the intention of providing work to teens from ages 16 to 19 who paint murals at specified locations throughout the village. The funds that were just approved will help pay for a mural that will be painted this summer at the School of Rock, which provides music lessons to kids. The business is located at 219 Lake Street.

When the Arts Council applied for the monies from Oak Park, it sent a letter explaining that in order for the teenagers to do the work, they will have the help of a professional artist.

The mural for the School of Rock brings the number of planned projects for the coming summer to three. The Council notes painting three murals will be possible if there is sufficient money available, and if plans are followed carefully.

The Arts Council might work with brochure printers to create a mailer for village residents explaining the project and listing the locations at which the new murals will be installed.