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Children work on large mural project

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WXPR) -- Kids in Lac du Flambeau are working on a mural project this summer. The public art will be displayed on the side of the George W. Brown Ojibwe Cultural Museum.

About twenty five kids have spent the past month helping out on the mural project, which won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Greg Johnson is one of the project leaders. He says he worked with the kids to design the mural. “And they’re gonna depict various plants and medicines from our Lac du Flambeau reservation, as well as some of the beadwork that’s found in the museum. Me and the students we walked in there and checked out the old beadwork and quillwork, and decided that we’d pick some of those.”

The mural is made up of four panels, each about 8 feet long and 4 feet tall. Greg Johnson says he’s been surprised by how much the kids have embraced the project, working on it two hours a day, five days a week.  “To them, it’s a fun art project. To me it was something a little more. So at first I took it very serious with the kids, I told em you have to stick it out and work hard. They just made it fun every day. We get together, we share some food, laughs, we tease each other, we paint, and it’s great.”

The children are a month into the project, and the mural is about half finished.