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  Downtown Portland is getting a new mural to celebrate community and inspire volunteerism   Portland is a colourful, vibrant and diverse community  

Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Monday April 26, 2021 - 6:50 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - New Avenues for Youth is creating a two-story mural on the exterior wall of their building in downtown Portland. Inspired by the idea of local youth artists – Emily Nadria, Christian Orellana Baur, and Nori Rinaldo – this design was brought to life by Forest for the Trees and local artists Gage Hamilton and Mehran Heard also known as Eatcho.

In a time where many are feeling isolated and discouraged, this bright piece of art will remind us that Portland is a colourful, vibrant and diverse community and will inspire us all to pitch in and give back. The mural centres on some of Portland's iconic structures and allows for visitors to pose alongside depictions of community service. This interactive piece invites the viewer into the mural instead of just observing it from afar. An interactive QR code will allow passersby to connect with local volunteer opportunities through the mural project's website.

Tyler Zangaglia, a Gonzaga University student with deep ties to Portland, initiated this project with a dream of encouraging other young people to create a loving, communal, and compassionate community.

The Portland Mural Project was supported by a grant from Coca-Cola Co.

New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, its programs and services have impacted nearly 30,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential.

"We believe that empowering today's generation of youth is key to creating a better future for our communities," said Lauren Eads. "If young people take action on issues like the economy, environment, social justice and inclusion, the future of Portland will be brighter."