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QC Arts Apprentices Create Mural for Modern Woodmen Printshop

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Michelle O'Neill
New mural (L) by the Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprentice Program & QC Arts Ex. Dir. Kevin Maynard and two art apprentices hold gifts from the MWA printshop (R), Modern Woodmen of America's Print, Mail, and Distribution Center in Rock Island, IL, July 29th, 2022

Quad City Arts teamed up with Modern Woodmen of America to provide a very colorful upgrade to the entrance of the fraternal organization's Print, Mail, and Distribution Center at 2015 2nd Avenue in Rock Island.

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Quad City Arts

Jerry Lyphout, COO of Modern Woodmen, says seven artists were paid to create the mural over five weeks this summer.

The longer side of the painted mural features elements of Modern Woodmen's and Rock Island's history and geography, plus print-making. The other, shorter concrete wall depicts the river.

This summer's Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program provided employment and education to more than 50 young artists from 15 to 21 years old. The other community arts projects include film, graphic design, poetry, and two murals in Davenport.

The QC Arts apprenticeship program give young artists opportunities to learn new techniques, plus career skills such as interviewing and collaboration.

Modern Woodmen of America gave a canvas print photograph of the new mural to Quad City Arts as a "thank you" gift, plus notebooks with a photo of the mural on the cover to the artists.

See the long side of the mural in the video below.

Quad City Arts and Modern Woodmen of America apprenticeship MURAL

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