Workforce gets $20,000 grant for teen art program

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Esther Short — Workforce Southwest Washington received a $20,000 grant from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation to help at-risk youth in Kelso learn work-related skills through design and creation of a community mural. In partnership with Goodwill in Longview, Educational Service District 112 and Urban Artworks, five youths ages 16 to 18 will participate in the South Kelso Mural Academy. The kids involved will work through the planning process of creating public art, from scouting a wall, applying for permits, communicating with clients, ordering supplies and conceptualizing and executing ideas. The foundation donated $175,000 in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2017. The project will begin in late spring or early fall 2018.