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Norfolk students mix modern art with community clean-up

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A group of Siouxland students are sprucing up a local park and learning about modern art at the same time. 

Students at Norfolk, Nebraska's Junior High are working with an Omaha street artist to paint a mural on a structure at neighboring Central Park.

The students are coming up with their own designs and the artist is helping them bring their visions to life.

Instructors say the students are relishing the opportunity to make their mark on the community.

"These kids are really into it. They like it. They like the fact that they're involved and it's more about their opinion," said artist Gerard Pefung.

The painting is part of an overall park improvement project put on by the Junior High and the Norfolk Arts Center.

Arts Center officials say the plan calls for renovations to the park's stage, as well as the construction of a butterfly garden and a reading nook.

Arts Center officials say area residents appreciate the effort.

"We've had so many people who live in this neighborhood come by and see it and say 'I'm so glad that you guys are doing something in this park,'" explained Melinda Kozel.

 Officials say most of the improvements should be done by the fall.  They hope to organize similar murals on various landmarks around Norfolk.

 

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