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Day Campers Create Mural at Villa-Parke Center

Twenty youths who attended Villa-Parke Community Center's day camp created something unusual in their arts and crafts class: a lasting work of public art.

On the south side of Pasadena Water and Power's groundwater well building near the basketball courts is a new 20- by 30-foot mural of rabbits and patterns in the style of New Mexican Mimbres Indian art. As part of their day camp curriculum, youths ages 10 to 18 learned the disciplined process of creating a mural including preparing sketches, wall surfaces, paints and grids.

The idea began with former Recreation and Parks Commissioner Mark Persico, who suggested a mural while touring the community center at 363 E. Villa St.

The design was created by artist Akeke Carroll with input from Lilia Hernandez, both from Armory Center for the Arts which provides art classes throughout the year at the community center.

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