New mural in Burlington symbolizes addiction recovery

New mural in Burlington symbolizes addiction recovery


I’M GLENN CASSIE. 3 LAUREN IF YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON LATELY, YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED A NEW MURAL ADDING SOME COLOR TO THE QUEEN CITY. GLENN IT SYMBOLIZES ADDICTION RECOVERY. LOCAL 22’S DEVIN BATES WAS THERE TODAY AND HAS MORE FROM THOSE MAKING IT. 3 “Well, the Turning Point Center purchased this building a few months back and they wanted something to go on the outside that represents their mission of helping people battling addiction. The staff voted on a few different designs and when you look at the one behind me, it’s not hard to tell why this ended up being the winner.””A lot of people who are actually in addiction recovery have added to this, passers by, volunteers.”THE TURNING POINT CENTER HAS A NEW LOOK THANKS TO LOCAL ARTIST TARA GOREAU AND A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS WHO ADDED THEIR SIGNATURE TOUCHES TO A BEAUTIFUL MURAL PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED ON KING STREET. THE CENTER IS A CRITICAL RESOURCE IN THE QUEEN CITY FOR PEOPLE IN RECOVERY AND THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED IT ALSO HAS MURALS IN FRONT OF CITY MARKET AND THE LOCAL FOOD SHELF BUT THIS MURAL, SHE SAID, IS ALSO A SYMBOL FOR SEVERAL OTHER LOCAL GROUPS. “It’s also outside the Migrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, 350 Vermont and Vermont Workers Center, so there’s a lot of themes that are tying into that. Community is a huge part of addiction recovery, and community support, so these themes tie into all of those organizations.”ONE VOLUNTEER SAID ART HAS A WAY OF EXPRESSING SUBCONSCIOUS THOUGHTS AND WITH ALL THESE ARTISTS WORKING TOGETHER, THE MURAL HAS BECOME AN EXPRESSION OF UNITY.”It just conveys such a message of like, people were walking by and they decided to stop and paint and it sort of has that community aspect where you walk by and feel happy. Art can do that.””Now this mural is also a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Champlain Housing Trust, and something interesting Tara also said, she said it usually takes her around a year to appreciate her art because she focuses on the mistakes, but added that with all the volunteer help, she might be able to appreciate its beauty a little sooner.” 3

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