MINETTO, NY – Celebrating Magic In Minetto was held on Aug. 9, during Canal Splash.
Canal Splash is a statewide Erie/Oswego Canalwide promotion by the NYS Canal Corp highlighting activities and events on the canals. It is always held on the second Saturday of August.
The presentation of the canal scene mural, painted by AmeriCorps artists, was a highlight of Magic in Minetto.
Minetto’s Beautification Committee was interested in having a mural depicting a historical canal scene, on what was previously a buoy storage building for the Canal Corp. at the River View Park.
The committee contacted Minetto Elementary School art teacher, Crystal Mason.
With the help of Mason’s art club, they researched historical canal scenes, with the club drawing and creating the image for the mural.
Needing to find artists that could paint the mural, the AmeriCorps division of the City-County Youth Bureau was approached.
AmeriCorps motto is “Getting Things Done.”
Four of Oswego AmeriCorps members, Cynthia Kellogg, Erin Chetney Emma Belcher and Becca Smith expressing an interest, sprang into action this summer to do the mural.
The AmeriCorps members chose to paint the riverside canal building mural for their summer Community Involvement Project.
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community.
The Oswego branch of AmeriCorps is overseen by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.
The mural can be seen from River View Park, the Minetto Bridge and viewed while passing on the Oswego River/Canal.
Many compliments were made by people and boats that passed by upon viewing the river/canal.
This year, Canal Splash events were held August 8-10. They included guided walks, bikes and cruises, museum and gallery exhibits, canoe and kayak paddles, canalside festivals, performances and more are offered throughout the corridor to celebrate the history, culture, and recreational appeal of the NYS Canal System.