March 17, 2016 by Tony Scott
A fun event in my adopted hometown
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.