Mosaic Mural at Thousand Palms Library to be Unveiled Thursday
THOUSAND PALMS – A mosaic mural made of recycled tile and inspired by the artwork of Thousand Palms children will brighten the entrance to the Art Samson Community Library in Thousand Palms, 31-189 Robert Rd. The mural will be formally unveiled at 5 p.m. Thursday.
“This mural provided an opportunity for children to participate in a community beautification project,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I look forward to seeing the results of their creativity.”
The “Life in the Desert” mural was created by S.C.R.A.P. (Student Creative Recycle Art Program) Gallery, a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit that engages kids as stewards of the environment through art and science activities. Students learn to create art with discarded materials from businesses and manufacturers. Some of their sculptures are on display at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery - Art Museum for the Environment in Indio, 46-350 Arabia St.
“This mural is a great example of how kids can creatively help their environment by recycling and reusing,” said Karen Riley, executive director of the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery. “It is a fun, whimsical piece that tells a story, perfect for the library!”
The library held a contest for local children, ages 6-12, to enter their drawings of desert animals and plants for mural inspiration. The mural was based on the artwork of two children, Natalia Meza and David Arrez, selected out of 14 entries. Both children will receive a framed award certificate and a $25 savings bond from Rabobank, located at 72-885 Ramon Rd.
Following the ceremony, Friends of the Thousand Palms Library will serve refreshments at the adjacent Thousand Palms Community Center at 31-497 Robert Rd. Residents are encouraged to stay for the Thousand Palms Community Council meeting, which will be held there at 6 p.m.