Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County

Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County

Three pieces of urban art, inspired by Pro Youth HEART, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 2.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox will unveil the urban art during the "Urban Art Kick-Off Reception" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 at Tulare County's Visalia Branch Library located at 200 West Oak St.

The art will remain on display at the library through January 22 then be moved to the Dinuba Branch Library from Jan. 22-29. Other stops include libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Porterville, Earlimart, Pixley, and Tulare. The last showing of the art will be at Tulare County Government Plaza located at 5961 South Mooney Blvd in Visalia from March 26 through April 2. This marks the third year urban art will be displayed throughout the county.

"We are pleased to showcase this art to the public," Chairman Cox said. "We want to call attention to the mission of this organization that provides after-school programming to over 3,000 students in our County.  The Board of Supervisors and the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force are pleased that thousands of citizens throughout Tulare County attended the Taste the Arts event and support their efforts in encouraging young people to pursue positive ways to express themselves through expanding their artistic abilities."

Tulare County acquired the urban art through the September 2013 Taste the Arts event held by the Arts Consortium and sponsored by the Step Up Gang Task Force.  Three artists from throughout California were invited to create the paintings inspired by the mission of Pro Youth HEART, which cherishes the belief that giving children hope reduces youth violence and saves lives.  HEART strives to give opportunities to youth to develop strong decision making skills and have a safe place to be during after school hours.

At the conclusion of the tour the artwork will be donated to the Pro Youth HEART after-school program. For more information, visit www.stepuptc.com