Albuquerque teens paint mural at the Paradise Hills Community Center

Created: 07/17/2014 7:27 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A group of Albuquerque teens is behind this mural at the Paradise Hills Community Center on Albuquerque’s west side. They came up with the theme and spent months painting it. Thursday night the mural will officially be unveiled to the community.

Not many teens can say they've painted a mural, let alone one that will be displayed for all to see, but these girls can.

 “I was really surprised and I got really excited cause I was like oh my god I'm actually going to do this so it was really exciting,” said Shaniah Yazzie

Now about a dozen teens from west side schools were hand-picked by their art teachers to submit samples of their work to warehouse 508, a city-funded urban arts center. Some were interviewed and then some were chosen.

It definitely kept them on track, because from March on their lives were all about school and this mural.

“It was really interesting to like see what kinds of things like we could all come up with,” said Renata Bonney.    

Together, they came up with the theme.

“We started thinking about silhouettes and then what they can be filled with and then we decided that it could be filled with um, different keys that we need in life to create a better future,” said Mikayla Mendoza.

Logistics then spent 4 hours every week painting the entire thing. And seeing it here finished is definitely a dream come true for these young artists.

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