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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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4 PAWTUCKET APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION ect," Rosa told The Breeze. "It's one of the first large-scale (murals) that the arts commission has led, so they're excited to hit the ground running." A subcommittee of the Pawtucket Arts Commission drafted a request for qualifications and received responses from approximately 16 artists, which they narrowed down to three. The committee includes local artists, business and city leaders, representatives from the Woodlawn Community Center, and several youth representatives, Rosa said. The winning artist, who will be hired by the city as a contractor, is expected to begin work in late spring/early summer, but Rosa said there's some flexibility given the current circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak. The three artists include Providence-based Agustin Patiño, whose mural "The Plaza of Art and Cultures/La Plaza del Arte y Las Culturas" can be found on Broad Street in Providence; Kit Collins, from the greater Boston area, whose mural work can be seen in Boston as well as New Hampshire and New York; and Kameko Branchaud, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in communi- ty-based arts, drawing, and paint- ing. "I think the park in general is an important statement to show that the city is committed to the Woodlawn neighborhood," Rosa said. "It's a nice amenity for resi- dents to have." The mural, he said, will add color and vibrancy, and its goal is to reflect the community's character and provide residents with "more ownership of the park." Wanting public input to inform the artists' designs, a community meeting had been planned for the end of March but was canceled due to COVID-19. City officials then created an online survey to gather feedback including how folks would like to see Woodlawn promoted and what aspects of public art attract their attention. Because they're giving artists freedom to interpret community responses, Rosa said, they expect some range in the proposed designs. The survey closed two weeks ago, and Rosa said they received 60 responses. After compiling the data, they gave it to the artists last week. Answering a question about how they would describe the identity of Pawtucket and the Woodlawn neighborhood, 100 percent of survey takers selected the option "diverse community." Other options were "historic character," "creative," and "hardworking and proud." Many said they've used the park for active and passive recreation. From what he's seen, Rosa said, many people play basketball and use the splash park. Answering other questions, folks said brightness and color are important for public art to catch their attention, and they would like to see the new mural inspire resi- dents and visitors by encouraging fun and enjoyment. In a comments sections, some people wrote that they'd like to see positive messages, especially for younger generations. The mural is one of the last major parts of a renovation to the park, which held a grand reopening last June. Three walls at the western portion of the park were left with the intention of painting a mural, Rosa said. Updates last summer included a new splash pad for kids, two reno- vated basketball courts and a reno- vated playground, a new stage area with three walls where the mural will be painted, a walking path, exercise equipment, and a new per- gola in the middle of the park. 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