New mural at Central Library sends public call to help prevent child abuse

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- The completed painting, represents a new partnership between Mesa County Libraries and the Center for Children. These two pillars of the community share a common desire, goal, and mission in providing a safe place for youth who live among it.

The visual paints a bridge the Center for Children can use to get the message across on its quest to prevent child abuse.

“It’s another piece of our puzzle just to connect awareness,” Mistalynn Meyeraan expresses, “We offer free classes to teach prevention, we go out and do an outreach within any organization and wants to hear from us, and we can talk about what the signs are for child abuse to help those kids that may face it and what the grooming practices are of abusers and what to look for so that perhaps we can catch it before they hurt another child.”

The project is complete within a week by Grand Junction native, Pavia Justinian. Having the mural at Central Library was an easy decision for the CFC because of its visible location.

Using a wall next to an entrance captures the big picture on the library’s support to build growth and safety for mesa county’s children as well.

“The mural here at the library building, while it drives attention to the Center for Children and its mission in the work but it also drives attention to the work that we do to provide access to the information for kids and families,” Bob Kretschman shares.

The team behind the mural feels the final result shows when people help end abuse, it uplifts the whole community.

It’s unknown how long the mural will last, but local input can see it standing between 3 to 5 years. If you’d like to take a gander at this work of art, the mural is located on the east side of the Central Library.

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