Community art project in Vermijo Park July 1-5

       If you see a group of people slapping paint and mosaic pieces onto a low retaining wall beside the Midland Trail in Vermijo Park July 1-5, there's no need to call a cop.
       In fact, you'll be welcome to join in if you want to.
       The project, coordinated through City Parks and the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), is intended to perk up the park in a participatory sort of way. The organizing group is the nonprofit Concrete Couch as part of its citywide series of “creative, community-involved projects called SCAMP” (Summer Community Art and Mural Program), according to Couch founder/director Steve Wood.
       The time range each day will be 9 a.m. to noon.
       “The program is free and open to all, but kids under 13 need an adult to accompany them,” Wood said. He described it as a “drop-in” project, in which participants can help out as little or as much as they want.
       Started about eight years ago and funded mainly by grants and donations, the Concrete Couch has led numerous community-art projects in the area, including (on the Westside) a veterans' stone/concrete creation in Bear Creek Park and multimedia efforts at two elementary schools.
       For more information, contact Lisbet Rattenborg of Concrete Couch at

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