Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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StainedGlassBox8_13_14 011.jpgAlyssa Johnson and Patricia Laukat, Girl Scout Cadettes from Garden Grove Troop 1224, are talented young artists striving to make a difference in their community. Both girls are lifelong residents of Garden Grove and are pursuing the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, by improving the look of downtown, one utility box at a time. The award is designed to give girls the chance to show leadership, organization, determination, and dedication to improving their community.

While on a family trip to Northern CA, Alyssa was inspired by utility boxes in Gilroy that had been transformed into works of art - murals painted by local artists, depicting historical images from the city. She enlisted the help of her fellow troop member Patricia, who shares the same love of the arts.

They began by researching painted utility boxes in different cities as anti-graffiti and city beautification projects. They approached Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater with their plan to paint a utility box in the downtown Civic Center area, and were given an okay for a "trial run" at the intersection of Euclid and Acacia. The strawberry themed box earned them rave reviews and the city's approval for five more boxes in the downtown area.

Over the course of the summer, the girls completed two more murals; orange crate labels at the intersection of Euclid and College, and a stained-glass themed box at the intersection of Euclid and Stanford. Next on their schedule is a depiction of the historic water tower and red car at the intersection of Main Street and Garden Grove Boulevard; agricultural history at Euclid Street and Garden Grove Boulevard; and a final mural at Nelson Street and Garden Grove Boulevard. That design has yet to be determined.

"The timing of this project couldn't have been better," says Erin Webb, Senior Planner for the City of Garden Grove. "It ties in perfectly with the City's Re:Imagine Garden Grove open streets event that integrates art into car-free open streets."

The Re:Imagine Garden Grove event is scheduled for Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to open streets there will be food, music, entertainment, and other interactive programs. Alyssa and Patricia will be there, finishing up their mural at Main Street and Garden Grove Boulevard.

For more information regarding Re:Imagine Garden Grove, visit GG Open Streets or call Erin Webb at (714) 741-5313.