SNAPSHOTS: A dash of color

Marjorie Otto photos/Review • A new mural designed by the Urban Roots Youth Intern program made its debut during a July 11 celebration at Phoenix Market. The market and mural are located on the corner of Third Street and Maria Avenue in Dayton’s Bluff, where Urban Roots’ oldest garden is located. The group of high school-aged youth have been working on the project for more than three years and many are actually painted in the mural, along with real homes and landmarks from the community. As students signed their names on the mural, they said it shows them as “garden superheroes” not only cultivating produce, but cultivating and becoming a part of their neighborhood. Cecilia Rodriguez, one of the youth interns involved in the project, said it’s “mind blowing” to see the mural up and in the community after working on it for all that time. The students worked with artist Greta McLain from Minneapolis-based Good Space Murals. The mural installation also coincides with a new fresh produce cooler inside Phoenix Market where produce grown by Urban Roots youth employees will be sold. 


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