Foothills Art Center recently assembled a team to present their final planning drawings to the Golden Public Arts Commission for a new public mural to be completed in collaboration with students of Golden High School's Sources of Strength, a best practice, youth suicide prevention project, whose goal is to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide at the school population level. Together they brainstormed imagery and design for a new large public mural they will complete in collaboration with their local partner artist and acclaimed muralist, Jolt. After a few weeks of passing drawings back and forth, they presented their vision to the Golden Public Arts Commission and were met with a positive and supportive response.
The imagery and design felt just right to the Golden Public Arts Commission, and it will be a welcomed spot of beauty on an otherwise bleak wall. It a challenge for the team, trying to envision the right look that would serve the mission of the project and also be an aesthetically pleasing part of the city's public art collection. Student collaborators spoke at the podium about the collaborative process and hearing what the project will mean to members of the project's target audience was truly moving. The entire group left the meeting feeling affirmed in their project. By choosing bright colors with a high contrast along with culturally significantly imagery, the team hit a home run and finished up with getting some reactions from students on film and taking an adorable group photo.