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New mural takes shape at 3 Mile Project's community youth center
New mural takes shape at 3 Mile Project's community youth center

WALKER, Mich.—A well-known graffiti artist from Detroit is creating a giant mural for the 3 Mile Project’s community youth center.

Antonio ‘Shades’ Agee began working on the 15 foot by 100 foot mural on June 22.  He says the piece will be fashioned after the Bible verse John 10:10, in which Jesus says, “the thief comes only to kill and steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

“This is meant to beautify the community, which is what graffiti has always been about,” said Agee. “Plus, I’m an old skater and my son is a skater and doing this project on that large wall in that area is a graffiti artist’s dream.”

Agee expects to spend several days creating the mural.

Organizers say about 10,000 children and teenagers have come through the 3 Mile Project’s community youth center since it opened in November 2010.   The facility features a variety of activity spaces, from movie theaters to a skate park and basketball courts.

 The community youth center is located at 3050 Walkent Dr. in Walker.   The facility is open to fifth and sixth grade students every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and seventh and eighth grade students every Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5.  For more information, visit the 3 Mile Project’s website here.

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