For the past two summers, YouthZone has received the generous Embrey Family Foundation's grant. The funds received went to create incredible works of art for our community to share in for years to come. With the support of the Bookcliffs Art Center, talented teens created two beautiful murals in Rifle, Colorado – the town from which YouthZone was founded, in 1976.
In the summer of 2017, our teen artists painted a compelling mural at the Corner of 6 & 24 and Railroad. It can be viewed right in front of the Kum ‘n Go as you enter downtown Rifle. The mural, titled “Back in My Day”, explores the issues of generational gaps and the misunderstanding that can exist. The mural focuses on the five living generations, their accomplishments, and the struggles each have endured. When we recognize that every generation has worked to improve the world it becomes clear that our similarities outweigh our differences. It serves to continue our connections, regardless of age. The sphere of each generation represents the very different time periods each generation has grown up in. A piece of imagery that connects each world/generation, helps to show that we should come together and that each generation has had an effect on the next.
The first mural created during this incredible collaboration with the Embrey Family Foundation and Bookcliffs Art Center is located near the 16th street underpass in Rifle, near the skate park. Titled “Beyond the Screen,” this piece addresses technology and how it affects our lives.