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You’re Invited! Come celebrate the newest mural in Hamden, CT

Through the scorching summer heat, a team of high-school aged youth and professional artist, Candyce “Marsh” John, met diligently on Putnam Ave in Hamden to create two incredible murals on the underpass of the Farmington Valley Rail-to-Trail.

Join us TONIGHT for the mural dedication ceremony on Thursday, 9/29 at 5:15PM with the youth interns, artist, and Hamden community leaders.

The program, Creative Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), is a youth development and public art initiative created by RiseUP for Arts to connect youth with hands-on work opportunities in public art. In addition to Hamden, RiseUP runs the CLIP youth program in Hartford, Manchester, Putnam, and Stamford CT.

CLIP in Hamden, CT is a collaboration between statewide nonprofit, RiseUP for Arts and Hamden’s Youth Services Bureau, funded through generous grants and youth Workforce Development funding to create a paid internship opportunity for the youth.

About Candyce “Marsh” John

Candyce “Marsh” John’s ever growing body of work is a self reflective expression of her views on existentialism. Representing the essence of what it is to live as a BIPOC and member of the LGBTQ+ community in a world of resistance, resilience and revolution during a new era of renaissance rooted in benevolence. Rising from the ashes of grief into a space of gratitude, Marsh’s oeuvre encapsulates an unapologetically blaque nuance of love, loss, and liberty by way of artistic expression.

About RiseUP

RiseUP for Arts is Connecticut’s only state-wide non-profit aimed at creating public art that is inclusive and accessible for anyone. We have invested over $1,000,000 in public art across Connecticut since we began creating murals in 2015 with over 50% of our funding going toward artists of color.

RiseUP for Arts has completed over 100 mural and place-making projects since 2015 throughout Connecticut. RiseUP works with 50+ Connecticut based, professional artists, collaborates with 100's of partners, and hosts 1,000+ volunteers per year to help beautify our communities.

RiseUP for Arts, creates public art through public art consulting and curating, donations, grants, and community goodwill. RiseUP supports artists, cities, real estate developers, other nonprofits, companies, and local community members in making their public art projects come to life. The organization helps create the vision and manages the entire process to beautify communities. More information at and images on Instagram at @CTMurals.

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