ArtStart bldgMurals, mosaics and colorfully painted benches don't just happen. In many cases locally, they are the result of an unusual summer arts education program in Santa Rosa.

ParksideThe Parkside Cafe, on Santa Rosa Avenue not far from the ArtStart building, already features three animal cutouts on its rooftop, each created by a previous ArtStart class. A pig has been commissioned to join the others this summer.ArtStart projects are a combination of commissions from the community and public artworks for the City of Santa Rosa. Creative Director Chandra Woodworth runs down the agenda the students will be developing over the next six weeks.

A second mural project this summer will illustrate a very different cultural experience, Woodworth adds.

mural2ArtStart students work on a mural panel under the guidance of Mario UribeArtStart is not unique to Santa Rosa, although such programs are far from common. Mario Uribe explains that the prototype was first developed in Chicago.





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