Belarusian-born painter Yulia Avgustinovich has been selected by the city of Aurora for a unique project – design and execution of a “mural” to cover two blocks of Clinton Street leading to Stanley Marketplace (Montview to 23rd Ave.). With assistance from citizen volunteers, the painting will take place over two weekends (Aug. 27-28, Sept. 10-11), in time for the Cherry Arts Festival at the Stanley (Sept. 16-18).
The street mural evokes Stanley with an aviation theme and adds elements of nature (flowers) and Aurora history (street car trolley). The project is an outgrowth of a city staff task force charged with stimulating economic revitalization efforts in this part of northwest Aurora dubbed Westerly Creek Village by the city. The artist’s fee is $20,000. The city will pick up additional costs such as traffic control. The two blocks of Clinton St. will be closed both weekends that the installation takes place.
People wanting to participate may email Peg Alt, Aurora’s Community Development Outreach Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No artistic skill or experience is required. Volunteers do not have to be Aurora residents; the event is open to the public. Volunteers will work two or three-hour shifts between 9 am and 4 pm. Minors will need to be accompanied by an adult.