Applications available to participate in 4th Winters history mural project

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The first Winters mural can be found along Newt’s Expressway behind the Anytime Fitness building. Rosemary Hemenway/Winters Express

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Winters youth in sixth through 12th grade are now able to apply to participate in the upcoming Winters history mural project. The Winters Participation Gallery is accepting applications to participate in the 4th annual Winters Historical Mural Project. Liz Coman, Winters Participation Gallery secretary, said students in grades 6th through 12th are able to participate in a unique summer experience. They will research Winters history, design a mural depicting the history — both past and current — and implement the design on the exterior of a local building. “Students can choose to be a part of the design phase, a part of the painting phase, or participate in both,” Coman told the Express.  In the design phase, students get experience meeting with a client to learn about their vision and goal for the mural. With that information in hand, students then go to work researching, looking at Yolo County and Winters artifacts, and then discussing and designing the mural elements. In the painting phase, students will chalk grid the elements onto the wall, paint on the designs, and work on adding the different wall coating layers. Eden Miller, an eighth grader at Winters Middle School, has participated in the last two mural projects. She said she enjoys getting the chance to be creative and work in a group setting with other students and the professional muralists. “I like getting to hang out with the other kid and cooperating together,” Miller said. She encourages any students who are considering it to apply, no matter what their experience level is. Paper applications are available in the offices of Winters Middle School and Winters High School. A digital application is available online at www.wintersparticipationgallery.org. All applications are due by May 14.

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