A fun event in my adopted hometown

The Draw On The Wall event was held March 12 on Downer Place in Aurora.

The Draw On The Wall event was held March 12 on Downer Place in Aurora.

I moved to Yorkville, Ill. when I was 15 years old, after moving around frequently during my childhood, and I’ll always think of Yorkville as my hometown, for the most part. I’ll always be a Fighting Fox.

But in recent years, I’ve been hanging around a lot up in Aurora, Ill. It’s a large city of more than 200,000 people, the second largest city in Illinois. I had some friends who moved there, and they introduced me to people who loved art and music and culture; before I knew it, I was spending a good deal of my weekends there. Some people I’ve met in that town over the past five years I now count as some of my best friends.

My good friend Marissa Amoni has been instrumental in helping to culturally revive the downtown, and she and a group of fellow Aurorans has recently come up with the idea of the Aurora Mural Project. The project aims to have local artists create murals in blank spaces – such as retaining walls or old buildings – throughout the city.

I covered a recent promotional event for the Aurora Mural Project, called Draw On The Wall, near downtown Aurora on Downer Place, for the Beacon-News. It was well attended and I had a great time talking to people there.

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