Media contact:
Kathy Cloutier
(518)463-3175

ALBANY- Albany County Opportunity, Inc.’s (ACOI’s) Early Learning Center, a child care center located at 25 Monroe Street, has received a colorful face-lift with the completion of an indoor mural that volunteers from The Student Art League of The College of Saint Rose Art Department designed to enhance the center.

The Student Art League (SAL) has donated many hours to design, sketch and paint a colorful depiction of Albany’s Washington Park playground as seen through the eyes of a child. The result is a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the center’s children, parents and visitors.

“We were thrilled when SAL agreed to participate in this project at the Early Learning Center, yet we had no idea of the extent of their creativity. The mural is truly a beautiful gift that has exceeded our highest expectations,” said Kathleen Cloutier, ACOI's Executive Director. “The children came in to the center after a long weekend and were delighted to find a playground on the wall. It was a thrill to see their faces when they first viewed the artwork.”

The College of Saint Rose Art Department’s Student Art League is a member driven organization that emphasizes the integration of art, community, and students. SAL is built solely upon volunteer students and faculty. The league uses roundtable meetings and encourages involvement through projects, ideas, and input from its members. SAL continually remolds and reshapes itself with its efforts in extending into the community. For more information about SAL, please send an e-mail to studentartleague@gmail.com.

“As part of our mission, we seek to involve the community in all aspects of ACOI’s work. This project is but a small example of how important community involvement is in enhancing the development of young children,” Ms. Cloutier noted. “We are enormously grateful to The Student Art League for using ACOI’s Early Learning Center as the medium for sharing their art with the community.”

ACOI works to reduce poverty in Albany County through a better focus of available local, state, private, and federal resources. These resources assist low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities and achieve economic self-sufficiency. For more information about Albany County Opportunity, Inc., its services and its mission, call 518-463-3175 or visit www.acoi.com.

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