Artists return to Roosevelt Road for second phase of “plugs” beautification project

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This May, Berwyn’s 8th Ward Alderman Nora Laureto continued her unique beautification project along the Roosevelt Road business corridor. Last October, ten fire hydrants – or “plugs” – were painted by teen artists from the non-profit agency Youth Crossroads, Inc. with help from Berwyn Arts & Music (BAM) organization. Round 2 once again brought together the energy of our local creatives from Youth Crossroads and BAM to transform eight plugs.

If you take a walk along the “Veltway,” you’ll now be greeted by comic book heros, monsters, mascots and other creative themes. The creative team is asking YOU – the public – to tell us which plug is your FAVORITE in Berwyn’s Paint the Plugs Contest. The arts team with the most votes will win gift cards courtesy of Alderman Laureto, Berwyn Firefighters Union Local 506 and the City of Berwyn Fire Chiefs. Voting runs through Weds, June 15 at 5PM – VOTE, SHARE, ENJOY!

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With all paint and supplies donated by Alderman Laureto, approval from the Berwyn Fire Department, and cooperation from Berwyn Public Works Department, the volunteers spent a day creating the masterpieces. Dave Terrazino, Executive Director of Youth Crossroads, Inc., stated “In the Youth Leadership Program, it is part of our mission to change people’s negative perceptions of youth. We hope that people can view youth as assets to the community, not liabilities. Because of this, it’s been such a privilege to partner with Nora and BAM for this public art project. For me, it has been especially enjoyable to see our youth get so excited about this project and put time and effort into researching, preparing, and executing it successfully. Needless to say, I think the fire hydrants look amazing! I am proud that our youth were able to have a part in helping beautify their community.”

Alderman Laureto expressed her satisfaction with the project, “I’m proud to see a spirited group of volunteers do another amazing job beautifying Roosevelt Road. I am well versed in most of the characters that are depicted. It was a fun project, and all of the participants should be proud of their work.”

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