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Part of Mayor's Gallery "Norwalk, Then & Now" Exhibit

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 30, 2015 At 09:59 PM

"It felt awsome because I get to do my own paintings." said Joshua Garcia, a 20 West Project student from Nathan Hale Middle School.
Young printmakers showed off their works of art inspired by the city's WPA murals Monday afternoon at City Hall.

"It was hard at first but I got into it once I understood how to make a print," said Urah Assamad, a 20 West Project student from Ponus Ridge Middle School.

"It gave me energy because I really like to draw," added Garcia.

The prints are part of the Mayor's Gallery new exhibit Norwalk: Then & Now which officially opens to the public on Tuesday, March 31st.

"It is always good to remember your history, remember what we looked like and see the transition has occured; how we are now moving forward and how we are developing. It is also very nostalgic," said Mayor Harry Rilling.

Norwalk Housing Authority students from the 20 West project worked with professionals at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking to create the contemporary scenes inspired by WPA murals.  

Nomi Silverman, an artist at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking said, "Part of it to me was bringing the connection back to the kids so that the WPA Era is not just this mindless historical thing but it is something they can relate to."

"It is a nice way for the students to see and bring it to their own personal stories; what is going on and what went on in Norwalk. Fairfield County has one of the largest collections of WPA murals in the United States and it was just very nice for us to not only have them create prints with us but truly understand by doing," said Laura Einstein, Executive Director at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

Currently on exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking is WPA Jobs. For more information visit

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