“Horse in the City” project coming to the library

Shawnee horseThe Shawnee Public Library is giving local teens a chance to show their artistic side this summer while getting to be part of a permanent project for the library, with work on "Be a Part of Public Art" taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

As part of the City of Shawnee’s public art presentation “Horse in the City,” the Shawnee Public Library will be displaying a decorated horse sculpture outside the library. The painting and design work for the project will be completed by local teens, under the direction of Julie Blackstone, assistant art professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, who will create the design and facilitate the painting of the horse. 

Teens going into sixth through 12th grades are invited to participate in the project, which will involve painting throughout the day. Registration to be part of it will be required in advance and begin July 10. Teens may be registered for a time to come paint by calling the library.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding and support of the Cleo L. Craig Foundation, a Shawnee-based foundation that works with projects focusing on human services and education.

The library has hosted similar art-centric activities for teens since 2010. The fruits of those projects adorn walls throughout the library and include colorfully painted pieces in the Community meeting rooms and Children’s Department, as well as multiple permanent murals in the library lobby.