The second mural organized by Downtown Beckley Business Association has been completed by the Public Art committee. Seventeen students participated in painting the mural during the Beckley Kids Festival. Students from three schools including Independence Middle, Shady Spring HS, and Independence HS participated as well students from the Raleigh County Drug court program. These mural projects have offered youth a way to be involved and invested in our community and help to create pride in where they live. We have heard countless positive responses from community members, city council, and the students about how they want to see even more art in our city and how it brightens their day to see our murals. The students commented that they want to be involved more in beautifying the city and that this is what Beckley needs! The mural is located in Leslie C Gates Place and includes directional signage to The Underground and Word Park. A smaller addition to this mural on a nearby wall will be added in the Spring.