October 1, 2012
Mayor Vaughn Spencer joined members of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club to dedicate the completed mural under the Court Street Bridge during a ceremony today. The mural, painted on the east wall of the bridge next to the railroad tracks near 7th Street, had long been a target for graffiti vandals.
Also in attendance were all seven members of Reading City Council, Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, and Graffiti Abatement program Director Steve Harrity, who also serves as Director of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club Mentoring and Arts Program (MAP).
“I’d like to thank the boys and girls and community members who painted this mural,” said Mayor Spencer. “It shows what we can do as a community when we work together. It really brightens up a dark area, and will be enjoyed by a lot people who walk by here every day.”
The mural was designed by MAP under the guidance of artist Jessica Alexander. The project was completed by a dozen children from the MAP program, along with about 35 community volunteers over the weekend of September 14th, 15th and 16th.
Contact: Meghan Blevins
Director of Specialized Initiatives
Olivet Boys & Girls Club
City of Reading