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ARTS PANEL PLANS T.O. MURAL PROJECT FOR LOCAL CHILDREN.

Byline: R.A. Hutchinson Daily News Staff Writer

Conejo Valley art patrons want to give area youths lessons in painting the town through a children's mural project.

Karen LaFleur and Alisse Fisher, members of the city's Arts Commission, are seeking support for a program that would offer painting classes to youngsters who would create plywood murals for display throughout the city.

``I think it's a wonderful idea to bring children together and do something positive in the community,'' said Bonnie Roth, chairwoman of the Arts Commission. ``Kids have a lot of energy, and you want to put it in a positive direction. What better way than through a beautification program?''

Under the commission's proposal, the first mural project would start off as an eight-week class for 6- to 12-year-olds, taught through the Thousand Oaks Arts Council and the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

``We all have a common goal, and that's to provide these types of programs to the community,'' Roth said.

The class would start in June with the first four classes devoted to helping the children develop ideas using fantasy as a theme. In the final four classes, the young artists would paint their visions on plywood panels that commissioners hope to install at park sites in the district.

``It would give a whole different spin to graffiti,'' Roth said. ``It also teaches children about volunteering and community service. It gives them a sense of identity.''

Roth said the mural project targets all children, but particularly those identified as being ``at risk'' by juvenile intervention officers and others who work with youths.

The cost of the program is estimated at between $200 and $250, which would be covered through fund-raising, registration fees of $20 and lab fees of $5 to $10. Scholarships would be made available to those who can't afford the fees. No city funding will be required to offer the program.

LaFleur and Fisher will present their ideas to the Thousand Oaks City Council at tonight's 6 p.m. council meeting at City Hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
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