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Teen Arts Group Paints Mural

Healthy Campus Project Encourages Stair Use

Teen Arts Group students painted a mural in the O'Leary Library stairwell.

09/17/2008
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(9/17/08)

The Teen Arts Group of The Revolving Museum invaded the campus for two weeks this summer, wielding paintbrushes and rollers. They came in peace to create a mural in the O’Leary Library stairwell.
     
The project, part of the campus-wide Healthy Campus initiative funded by a Dean’s Signature grant of the School of Health and Environment, is now complete ߝ all six floors.

“We hope it will increase stairwell use and stimulate awareness of the benefits of physical activity,” says Deirdra Murphy, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of Healthy Campus.

“After a couple of trips to see the artwork, people may find themselves using the stairs more often because it makes them fell good in spite of the challenge,” adds Diana Coluntino, youth arts program director for the museum. “The students thoroughly enjoyed this project.”

A bike-borrowing program, another part of the Healthy Campus initiative, is already breaking usage records on campus. Students, faculty and staff can take a bike, complete with helmet and lock, for a day’s travel around campus and city. A student-led survey on accessibility for walking and biking on campus has also been completed.

“The city and campus are very conducive to walking and biking, with just a few exceptions, and we have great bus service,” says Tom Miliano, facilities director. “With the University Avenue Bridge closed, it’s a good reminder to leave the car parked and get around campus by other means.

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