By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
Rosemont’s new ‘Art Education Project’ wills kick-off next Friday, July 11 with a festival featuring music, free refreshments, face painting, games, and a raffle of bikes and scooters. The festival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the community’s Recreation Center on Barry Street.
At the start of the festival, the design of the new Rosemont outdoor mural will be unveiled to residents and painting on the three building walls will begin.
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens will present an overview of the art education project. He will introduce the artist selected to lead the project and the local students who were selected last spring to work on the design and implementation.
The artists and volunteers will begin painting the mural at 5 p.m. Friday on the white washed building walls located directly across the street from the recreation center. The mural painting will continue to take place the next day, Saturday, until the job is completed. All painting supplies are being provided by the village.
“We are still seeking volunteers to help us paint,” Barry Recreation Center Program Director Omar Camarillo said. “We need about 40 more volunteers for both Friday and Saturday, July 12. All of those who volunteer will have their name added to the final mural painting.”
According to Camarillo, the artist and eight students selected to design and paint the mural will begin drawing the design on the walls using a projector on Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Anyone who would like to volunteer can call the recreation center at 847-298-1965.
Those organizations and businesses supporting the festival include Laredo’s Mexican Restaurant which will have a taco stand set up providing free food; Rosemont’s Helping Hand has donated the bikes and scooters to be raffled off; Monastero Entertainment; Clowning Around Entertainment; and, Aramark.
According to Camarillo, four bikes, bike helmets and six scooters donated by Helping Hand will be raffled off. He said a special table will be set up to register for the free raffle. The drawings will take place between 7 and 7:30 p.m. at the festivities.
“We will have snow cone machines, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, a Hula Hoop contest, Bozo buckets and much more,” Camarillo said noting picnic tables will be set up and public safety officers will be detouring traffic from Barry Street.
Should it rain all the activities will be moved inside the recreation center.
Earlier this year, Rosemont park board members approved hiring an artist and eight students to design and paint a large mural near the recreation center. They budgeted $20,000 for the project. Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik Barnes was hired to lead the project.
Local students working with Barnes designing the mural are: Guillermo Echeverria, 22, Maine West High School 2010 graduate, Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg; Luis Garcia, 23, Maine West High School 2009 graduate; Felipe Rodela, 22, Maine West High School 2010 graduate, Oakton Community College student; Juana Garcia, 18, senior at Maine West High School; Andrea Garcia, 16, sophomore at Maine West High School; Fabian Garcia, 21, Maine West High School, 2011 graduate; Francisco Garcia, 23, Maine West High School, 2009 graduate, Oakton College student; and, Maria Hernandez, 16, sophomore at Maine West High School.
This is Rosemont’s first outdoor mural.