We at the
South Salt Lake Arts Council and City Hall are brimming with excitement as we see the progress that is being made on a mosaic mural project for our Central Park Community Center, located at 2830 South 200 East in South Salt Lake. Central Park is one of the nine South Salt Lake Neighborhood Centers, located in schools and community-based locations, that serve South Salt Lake’s children, youth, families, seniors, and people who work in South Salt Lake through academic, arts-based, physical fitness/recreation, social, and cultural programs at no or low cost. The centers improve quality of life and also provide a place for community involvement, volunteerism, and networking.
South Salt Lake and SSL Arts Council have been working with mural artist, Roger Whiting, on creating a mural that represents the diverse interests and cultures of youth who attend our Central Park Community Center. Roger has an impressive background in creating fabulous works of art for communities, businesses, and individuals alike. You can learn more about his work by visiting his website,
His passion lies in working with disadvantaged youth and helping their talents and expression find their way into the designs of his murals. Roger spent time working with the youth of South Salt Lake’s Promise After School Program in creating the ideas for the Central Park mural and how they wanted these ideas to be represented.
According to Roger, “the youth at Central Park are so creative. This project reflects the joy and enthusiasm they have for life.”
With Roger’s help, boxes of porcelain tile were smashed into small pieces, and then carefully arranged and adhered on sheets of mesh that will eventually be hung on the walls of the entrance to Central Park. The Arts Council wishes to thank the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for generously providing a portion of the funding to make this mural possible.
The photos below show the concepts the youth developed for the mural. The youth will be involved with creating the colorful mural, while Roger will work further on the black, white, and red Central Park sign, also done in mosaic, that will be placed above the mural. We are looking forward to seeing how this mural will add vibrancy to our building, but especially seeing the youth excited about their contributions to this permanent art installation. Many thanks and a shout out to the staff of Promise South Salt Lake and the Central Park After School Program for their support in allowing this project to take place.
Stop by and see the progress next time you are in the area. And we hope that this will be the first of many mosaic projects in South Salt Lake, so stay tuned!
Lesly Allen is the
Arts Council Coordinator for South Salt Lake. She has a Masters degree in
Community Leadership with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Westminster
College. Lesly also serves on the Board of Directors for Utah Arts
Alliance and Splore. Lesly has a passion for public art and using art as
a way to unite and revitalize communities. Lesly is a native of
Salt Lake City, has four beautiful daughters, and enjoys skiing, cycling, and
riding her motorcycle.