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County Unveils New Mural at Bankbridge Development Center (Autism School)

(Deptford, NJ) – The two artists who painted a mural at the new Bankbridge Development Center (Autism School) were on hand to greet students, parents and officials during ceremony held by the county.

Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said that the murals have been added to the schools’ hallway by the County, which funds a project each year to beautify county buildings. 

“The new Autism school is a very important and special place to the county and we wanted to make sure that we added appropriate art to the facility that the children would enjoy,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. Sweeney said that the artists and the mural was selected by a committee to ensure that it was appropriate colors and textures for the children of the school.
Sweeney said that the new autism school was designed to specifically address issues as specialized lighting, textures and bathroom accessibility so that difficulties related to the disorder are minimized and the learning environment is maximized.
Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the County’s Cultural & Heritage Commission said that each year the county sets aside $3500 to pay for art work to be installed in county buildings. In 2006 paintings were purchased for the Veteran’s Clinic. “This year the Freeholders and Cultural & Heritage Commission decided a mural would be something the students could enjoy every day.”

Freeholder DiMarco said that both artists who were selected to paint the murals have extensive backgrounds in their field. 

“Idilia Venti and Paris Stancell have worked together before on the Poetry Mural on Girard Avenue and 16th Street in Philadelphia. They have created a beautiful mural for our children, faculty and staff to enjoy everyday and that is the reason they were selected and we are grateful for their talent and work.”

Idilia Venti is an illustrator from Philadelphia who has done work for Banana Republic and Nautica who has done murals for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Parris Stancell also from Philadelphia has done over a dozen murals for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program since 1991 in particular the mural at 52nd and Master Streets (Philadelphia) titled “The Three Graces: Community, Spirituality and Tragedy”.