Children's Stained Glass Art Unveiled Today

Children's Stained Glass Art Unveiled Today

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Carole Mikita ReportingA beautiful piece of artwork was unveiled in downtown Salt Lake City this afternoon. And all of the artists and their parents were there for the proud moment.

The fourth panel of a set of stained glass windows is now in place. The project was a collaborative effort between 'The Road Home', its children, The Salt Lake Art Center and private donors who turned a vision into a stunning reality.

As bright as the sun in the first panel and as full of imagination as the smiling fish in the final one the newly-unveiled stained glass window at 'The Road Home' is the finished product of the children who live there.

Cheylyn Steatman, Age 10: "Carole: What do you think when you walk by the window?” “I think that it’s cool that I did that.”

And they did everything under the direction of The Salt Lake Art Center's KidsmART program. They learned how to take a drawing, cut it into pieces, decide on the glass and then wrap each one in copper.

Ric Collier, Salt Lake Art Center Director: "They get to come to a place outside 'The Road Home' and we work on a project that they can take back and they can literally have installed permanently. So that they can say at some point in the future that they were working on this."

The designs for the stained glass windows started with children's drawings of some of their favorite things like the fish and castles.

From the creative minds of children came a beautiful piece, a reminder to the young artists of what is possible in their lives.

Kristen Navarro, Age 6: "Yeah, and it was really fun, I never did this before.”

And to tell the young people how awesome they are, there is also a plaque in the shelter with the names of the artists -- their names. At the end of today's program, the children each received a bag of art supplies so that they can continue creating.

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