Unsung heroes named for #YouthArtTeam project

 Youth Art Team Urban Art Gallery Installation at East Fourth and Sycamore streets

Youth Art Team Urban Art Gallery Installation at East Fourth and Sycamore streets

Volunteers who work with local immigrants, a third-grader who inspired an inclusive playground campaign, and others are the first Youth Art Team unsung heroes for recognition in the Urban Gallery Installation project.

Youth Art Team received 44 nominations from area individuals, organizations, businesses and churches. The team of students ages 5-18 in Waterloo/Cedar Falls serves the community through large-scale public art projects.

The honorees will have colorful silhouettes painted to show what makes them fight for others, how they are funny, what they risk for others and how they make our lives great, said Youth Art Team director Heidi Fuchtman.

Silhouettes and their accompanying stories will be featured for a week each in the Waterloo Center for the Arts Urban Gallery space at East Fourth and Sycamore streets beginning early next year.

Youth Art Team artists will collaborate this fall with Waterloo Writing Project authors, UNI Department of Art (Foundations) students and Arts to End Violence hip hop artists to produce a video for each honoree.