Inspiring youth through art
By Gazette staff
STEVENS POINT – The Berard Center is now home to a mural designed to provide further inspiration to the youth it supports.
The Boys & Girls Club of Portage County partnered with CREATE Portage County’s Paint the County program to add color and energy to an interior wall of the Berard Center.
“Kiba Freeman Art was the muralist chosen for this project because of his connection to the community and past volunteerism at the Boys & Girls Club,” a program release stated.
“Paint the County aims to provide artists access to new revenue streams, make space for underrepresented voices to be more visible in our community, draw people to new, important, or under-activated spaces, and spread our creative identity to all parts of Portage County.”
The artist spent time in the club observing the daily processes to find inspiration for the mural’s design.
“I wanted to get a sense of what the club members and staff found important and the energy that accompanied it. The mural is for and about them, so this was necessary for my creative process. This design is basically a collaboration and I’m excited for everyone to experience it,” Freeman explained.
Director of Resource Development & Marketing Mikayla Kleifgen said that the design added life to the facility.
“The Boys & Girls Club is ecstatic about the addition of the mural as it adds so much color and life to a large wall. It captures who we are and the important activities that happen within our cub each day,” she said.
The mural is open to the public for viewing and may be access by contacting Kleifgen at [email protected] or (715) 341-4386, or stop by on Saturdays during the Winter Farmers Market, 8 a.m. – noon.