Urban Art to be displayed at County facilities

Three pieces of urban art, inspired by the Tulare County Office of Education’s CHOICES Prevention Programs, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 15.

The three urban art pieces will be unveiled during the "Urban Art Kick-Off Reception" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14 at the Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library located at 200 W. Oak Street.

The art will remain on display at the library through January 21 and will then be moved to the Dinuba Library Branch from January 21 through 28. Other stops include libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Porterville, Earlimart, Pixley and Tulare. The last showing of the traveling exhibition will be at Tulare County Government Plaza located at 5961 S. Mooney Blvd in Visalia from April 8 through April 15. This marks the fourth year urban art will be displayed throughout the county.

"We appreciate so much that our CHOICES program was selected this year to be part of the Step Up Urban Art Program," said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "We will certainly enjoy these wonderful works of art and hope that students who see them are inspired by the positive messages they convey."

Tulare County acquired the urban art through the October 2014 Taste the Arts event held by the Visalia 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 CHOICES Prevention Programs, which are committed to building the capacity of children to succeed.  Part of the CHOICES program mission is to develop students of exceptional character who are empowered to lead healthy, meaningful, and productive lives.

At the conclusion of the tour, the artwork will be donated to the Tulare County Office of Education.  For more information including tour dates, please visit www.stepuptc.com.