YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University students in professor Dragana Crnjak’s Mural and Site-Specific Painting class have completed five weeks’ of work designing and painting the Andrews Avenue Memory Mural project.
The project is a collaborative partnership between Lit Youngstown and the YSU Department of Art. Supported by Youngstown Cityscape and the Andrews Avenue Business Group, the project is located in the Andrews Avenue corridor stretching along Andrews Avenue from Federal Street to East Rayen Avenue.
A Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant from the Raymond J. Wean Foundation supports the project.
The project began with Lit Youngstown soliciting memories from those who remember downtown — yesterday and long ago — and proceeded with students selecting some memories for the images they are painting.
The project is designed for future classes to add to the mural.
Students involved are Elaine Ngo, senior, Graphic Design, Boardman; Hannah Roberts, senior, Studio Art-Panting, Warren; Holly Yarab, senior, Studio Art-Painting, Boardman; Lauren Linger, junior, Studio Art-Interdisciplinary, New Castle; Lexi Chismar, senior, Graphic Design, Boardman; Morgan Lay, junior, Studio Art, Brookfield; Tina Kalenits, senior, Journalism, Cleveland; Verena Bo Gyeong Son, sophomore, Studio Art-Painting, South Korea; Mya Kasten, senior, Graphic Design, Canfield; Rachel Hritz, junior, Painting and Art Education, Youngstown; Chloe Miklos, senior, Media Communication/
“We have had a very dynamic first five weeks of the semester, meeting and working with many different groups and individuals within the community," said Crnjak in a news release. "In addition to our named partners, we have received support from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society; YSUscape; Sean Posey, the author of "Lost Youngstown"; Dawna Carney, YSU Geography professor; and many volunteers.
"Without these strong partnerships and community relationships, this project would not be possible.”