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May 15, 2014

Mural project to debut at KidsFEST

Jennifer Arndt, the arts and culture coordinator for Creative Haverhill, has been working feverishly on a large mural of Haverhill-specific scenes that she’s converting into a hands-on activity for kids who attend this year’s KidsFEST at Kimball Farm.

“I was searching for a mural project and we decided to incorporate images of kids playing in Haverhill, including a little boy riding a pig on a farm and a girl patting a llama, children having a picnic in front of Winnekenni Castle, pedestrians on downtown sidewalk and kids playing catch, walking dogs and flying kites,” Arndt said. “It’s all about kids doing fun things in Haverhill.”

KidsFEST-goers who visit the Creative Haverhill tent can help finish the 20-foot long by 8-foot tall mural, which Arndt converted into about 300 letter-sized pieces of paper that children and adults can color individually using markers or crayons, as though they were creating pieces of a puzzle.

Each finished piece will be placed into an assigned slot and when all of the slots are filled, the mural will be complete. The mural will eventually be on display at a location in the city that is still to be determined.

This is the first time a project like this has been included as an activity at KidsFEST, Arndt said.

“We want to show children that together we can make beautiful art,” Arndt said. “It’s a community art project where children of all ages can take part and create a beautiful finished piece of art.”

Creative Haverhill and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce are hosting the activity, which is sponsored and funded by the Haverhill Cultural Council.

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