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Girls Inc. unveils new mural

A group of girls in Albany are using a colorful mural to inspire other kids in the community. (Source: WALB) A group of girls in Albany are using a colorful mural to inspire other kids in the community. (Source: WALB)
Girls Inc. member Kayana Barber (Source: WALB) Girls Inc. member Kayana Barber (Source: WALB)
Chloe Hinton, Albany Museum of Art Education Director (Source: WALB) Chloe Hinton, Albany Museum of Art Education Director (Source: WALB)
Girls Inc. Executive Director Wilena McClain (Source: WALB) Girls Inc. Executive Director Wilena McClain (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A group of girls in Albany are using a colorful mural to inspire other kids in the community. 

Albany Museum of Arts and Girls Inc unveiled a mural at the organization's teen center. 

Striking a pose just like the ladies painted on this colorful mural behind them.

Since February Kayana Barber, 13, and a group of girls spent their Fridays designing this mural.

"It was just very inspiring to know that she chose the teens to do this, it was a big opportunity for me," said Barber.

And a first for Barber and some of her friends

To customize the mural so it reflects what they enjoy the most, dancing.

It shows the different cultures and dances from salsa to hip hop. 

Barber painted the purple lyrical dancer, Bella.

"To know that I was going to put a dancer, a ballerina on the teen room where I'll be growing up at," said Barber.

They each learned the importance of teamwork. 

"What everyone likes is in the mural and that's what I like about it," said Barber.

One side was dance, the other reflects careers.

The mural was sponsored by the Albany Museum of Art Vibrant Communities Grant of $4,000, with the help of two muralists. 

"You get to see kids do things they normally wouldn't get to do otherwise, and they get to express themselves in a way that they don't normally get to do during school hours," said Chloe Hinton, Albany Museum of Art Education Director.

Executive Director Wilena McClain was thankful for the museum's support despite the fact that it's still recovering from January storms.

"They still thought about us, they still thought about the community," said Wilena.

"The whole neighborhood looks red and we added different colors, a splash of light," said Barber.

The Albany Museum of Arts Community Vibrant Grant funds also went to after-school art programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany. 

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