Gilbert Sister Cities looking for youth artist for garden wall mural

Gilbert Regional Park amphitheater
The Gilbert Sister Cities Friendship Garden will be near Gilbert Regional Park's amphitheater and pavilion. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Sister Cities Friendship Garden will be near Gilbert Regional Park's amphitheater and pavilion. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Sister Cities is holding a competition to choose a young artist to design and help paint a wall mural at the organization’s Friendship Garden under development at Gilbert Regional Park.

The competition is for students who live in Gilbert or attend a high school in Gilbert. It involves an application due June 30. The mural art submissions, meant to capture the international spirit of global friendship, are due Aug. 1. Judging will be finalized by Aug. 15, and the winner will be announced at the Aug. 17 Gilbert Town Council meeting.

The winning artist will receive $500 and work with Gilbert Sister Cities volunteers to complete the wall painting at the garden, located at the south side of the park’s pavilion and amphitheater. The wall will be unveiled in the winter.

Gilbert’s sister cities are Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, and Leshan, China. Contestants can research the cities on the organization website at www.gilbertsistercities.com.

“The vision of the garden keeps with the longstanding mission of Gilbert Sister Cities to further the development of greater friendship and understanding between the people of the town of Gilbert and other nations,” Gilbert Sister Cities President Greg Tilque said in a press release on the competition. “The garden design is envisioned to capture the interconnectedness between our communities while imparting a unique personal experience of three different cultural landscape traditions.”


Gilbert Sister Cities will assist with recruiting volunteers as needed and cover the costs of completing the project.

Interested artists can email [email protected] to receive an official entry.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.



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