Community Center spruce-upThe 6th Avenue Community Center in Alexandria got a unique paint job – thanks to a grant and two local artists’ talent.
By: By Jo Colvin, Life Reporter, Alexandria Echo Press
The 6th Avenue Community Center in Alexandria got a unique paint job – thanks to a grant and two local artists’ talent.
The community center, located at 1615 6th Avenue East, received a grant for 64 gallons of paint from West Central Initiative. Upon hearing that the grant application was approved, Rita Lotti, a volunteer at the center, decided to do more than give the building a fresh coat of paint.
She contacted local artists Jordana Reece of Farwell and Jody Anderson of Alexandria. The two came up with a sketch for a mural to be painted on the outside north wall of the building. The artists started the mural in June and recently completed the outdoor scene, which includes a tree, river, sun, rainbow, grassy picnic area and children playing.
Last week the finishing touches were put on the mural when neighborhood children who attend an after-school program at the center added their handprints to the scene.
The 6th Avenue Community Center, owned by the Regeneration Center, has been open since the fall of 2007. According to Lotti, the center is a place for people to come to participate in community events. Programs include life skills classes for adults; a meal on Friday night open to the public; and an after-school program for neighborhood children.
For information about the center or to volunteer, call (320) 759-0826.