Mural of Youngstown memories takes shape near YSU

Submitted photo Several students under the direction of Youngstown State University art professor Dragana Crnjak are working on the Andrews Avenue Memory Mural Project, a partnership between Lit Youngstown and the YSU Department of Art.

YOUNGSTOWN — A mural coming together near Youngstown State University’s campus will include a ribbon of memories written by current and former residents and visitors to downtown Youngstown.

Work is underway on the Andrews Avenue Memory Mural Project, under the direction of art professor Dragana Crnjak and students in her special topics class on Creating Public Art.

The public art project, a partnership between Lit Youngstown and the YSU Department of Art and funded by the Raymond J. Wean Foundation, is along Andrews Avenue from Federal Street to East Rayen Avenue near


The project also is supported by Youngstown Cityscape and the Andrews Avenue Business Group.

“We have had a very dynamic first five weeks of the semester, meeting and working with many different groups and individuals within the community,” Crnjak said.

Other groups and individuals supporting the project are the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, YSUscape, Author Sean Posey, geography professor Dawna Carney and many volunteers.

Students involved are Elaine Ngo, senior, graphic design, Boardman; Hannah Roberts, senior, studio art-painting, Warren; Holly Yarab, senior, studio art-painting, Boardman; Lauren Linger, junior, studio art-interdisciplinary, New Castle, Pa.; Lexi Chismar, senior, graphic design, Boardman; Morgan Lay, junior, studio art, Brookfield; Tina Kalenits, senior, journalism, Cleveland; Verena Bo Gyeong Son, sophomore, studio art-painting, South Korea; Mya Kasten, senior, graphic design, Canfield; Rachel Hritz, junior, painting and art education, Youngstown; Chloe Miklos, senior, media communication /interdisciplinary art, Sharon, Pa,.; and Rose Sulerach Rivera, senior, studio art-interdisciplinary, Long Island, N.Y.




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