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An Outside Art Exhibition Is Coming To Aurora

Sam Cervantes

Bom' Da Lot will be a permanent street art exhibition space, which will display updated murals every year.

An explosion of murals will soon occupy an Aurora parking lot.

Jenn Byrne Evans is the director of public art for the city.

She said she came up with the concept forBom' Da Lotwhen she learned that some seasoned artists never had the opportunity to create a mural.

“They were here in the 90s. And the value of street art was not recognized,” Evans explained. “So, they didn't get respect for their medium. So, I've been working on sort of the back end with the city being able to do that.”

Evans said permission was given for artwork to be done without prior design approval.

She said although this does give some artists a chance to complete an annual mural for the first time, other events in the city may have given them a temporary opportunity.

“There is a fantastic festival called On the Wall that has been going for several years and is run by Culture Stock. And I am remiss if I did not mention that,” she added. “They have all of entertainment as a whole hip-hop festival.”

Once the murals are complete, they will stay up until next year. Additional wall art will be installed for the following years.

About 10 to 15 murals will fill Lot H, at 14 Middle Ave. in the downtown area. The deadline for artists to apply is July 31 at noon.

Murals will be painted Aug. 28 and 29. This installation will include a community celebration with music.

Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.