New mural in downtown Medford focuses on unity

DOWNTOWN MEDFORD, Ore. — Downtown Medford is getting more colorful thanks to a non-profit art studio!

Life Art Studio and Cultural Center is painting a large mural on the side of the old Acme Building on West 6th street.

The mural follows a theme of humanity, unity, and diversity.

Life Art brought teens from schools around the valley to help paint it.

The lead muralist, Melissa Ghiglieri, says she came up with 6 different art renderings before deciding on hands clasped together.

“It would be really cool if this was the first of many murals we’re doing in Medford and I really love the theme of unity, especially right now,” said Ghiglieri.

Ghiglieri says the mural is expected to be completed by mid-next week.

The Downtown Medford Association is also partnering with Life Art to create the mural.

Lunch was donated to the student artists by Jackson Creek Pizza Company.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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