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Downtown Mural Project in Final Preparatory Stages

Donations and Volunteers Are Sought for the Large-Scale Public Art Project

Work on the downtown Albany mural led by the Albany Museum of Art Teen Art Board gets underway next week. The high school student leaders behind the project are working to secure the final funds and volunteers needed.

“The students have been working on this for most of the school year, and now we are at the final preliminary stages,” AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said. “They want to do something memorable for the community, a legacy for future generations.”

  • To donate to the mural project, click HERE.
  • To volunteer to help paint the mural, click HERE.

The design of the mural, which will cover the north wall of the Cookie Shoppe on North Jackson Street, was designed by muralist Ramiro Davaro-Comas, a New York artist who is known for creating public art through the non-profit organization Super-Stories that he started in 2022 with his partner, Grace Lang. Davaro-Comas, whose work was on exhibition last fall at the Albany Museum of Art, will lead the painting team on the week of May 20.

“Students of all ages have a direct hand in this mural,” Vanoteghem said. “Ramiro created the design from drawings elementary school students from the Albany area submitted, with the majority of the images coming from the drawing workshop the Teen Art Board conducted in January for elementary students. Middle and high school students—as well as adults—can volunteer to help with the painting, which will bring those drawings to life.”

The Teen Art Board members will be the first cohort of teens to produce a large-scale public work in Albany. “They will have hands-on experience and learn every step of the mural-making process,” Davaro-Comas said. “They will learn image transfer, prepping a wall for a lasting public artwork, painting the mural, permitting, fundraising, and so much more.”

Vanoteghem said community-minded sponsors have been instrumental to the success of the project. “Perfect Strokes is generously providing the paint and all the other needed art materials,” she said. “Smile Doctors and First Choice Family Chiropractic have provided essential financial support, and The Cookie Shoppe will provide lunch for the painters during the project week.”

Other funding has come from special events the Teen Art Board has conducted, including a Valentine’s Day event where they watched children so parents could have an evening out and a Dine Out for Art night at an Albany restaurant. Individuals also have been making direct donations.

“The teens still have a little way to go to meet their goal for the mural,” Vanoteghem noted. “Anyone who would like to contribute can do so online. Every dollar donated goes directly to the project.” The donation link may be found at HERE.

“That webpage also has a link for volunteers who want to help paint the mural,” Vanoteghem said. “It’s a big project, and Ramiro and our kids will certainly welcome the help!”

It is an opportunity to leave a lasting, positive impression on the Albany community, she said.

“Years from now when these students are grown-ups with kids of their own, they’ll be able to show their children something they did for their hometown,” Vanoteghem said. “Whether they drew one of the images used, painted part of the wall, worked at one of the fundraisers, or donated money to it, they can say they played an important role in the effort to make their community better through the power of art.”

To learn more about Davaro-Comas, visit his website HERE.

To learn more about Super-Stories, visit the website HERE.



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Artist Ramiro Davaro-Comas, shown with one of his paintings last fall at the Albany Museum of Art, designed the downtown Albany mural from drawings created by Albany area elementary students.
Artist Ramiro Davaro-Comas meets with AMA Teen Art Board members as he works on a mural that was part of his 2023 "Familias" exhibition at the Albany Museum of Art.