The 6 foot by 18 foot mural created by the Preble County Art Association’s Youth for Public Art Program is now living on the second floor of the Preble County Courthouse on Main Street in Eaton.
The program is a collaboration between the Art Association and the Juvenile Court in which six teens participated to create a one-of-a-kind mural.
“We are always looking for anything we can do positively for kids as part of the court system. When Vicky (Fanberg) approached us with this proposal, it was a no-brainer,” Judge Wilfrid Dues said while speaking about the program.
The teens met weekly after school for seven weeks, working under the guidance of professional artist Robert Coveney. Students were picked up from school and transported by the Preble County Council on Aging. The sessions focused on artistic skill, design, teamwork and community. Each session ended with a meal prepared by the entire group.
The mural can be found on display on the second floor lobby of the courthouse for the next few weeks. It will then be moved to its permanent home in the office of the Juvenile Court. Youth for Public Art has been so successful in its first run that the Art Association will continue to work with the Juvenile Courts in order to bring pride to area teens and art to the local community.