In January, 2013 the owner of a gallery in Manitou Springs solicited proposals via social media for ideas to increase her gallery‚Äôs visibility to the public and provide something of beauty for the community. Jennifer Ryan, founder of The Mural Project of Colorado, proposed to utilize a prominent local artist to design and paint a mural on the side of the 100 year old brick gallery building. However, there was one caveat, to include at-risk incarcerated youths to paint a portion of the mural. The hope was that including these youths would allow them to participate in creating something permanent, something of value, something of beauty and realize healing and inspiration as a result. After considering several proposals, the gallery owner decided to go for it and the Mountain Living Studio Mural Project was born.

The mural was designed, the youths eagerly participated, local media covered the story and a dedication ceremony involving business and community leaders, City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, friends and artists took place on March 15, 2013. The project was a resounding success for the participants, the gallery owner and the community.

Our Mission:

To provide unique experiences and positively impact at-risk and underprivileged members of our community using collaborative art murals to teach, inspire, heal and add beauty to the community as a whole.


We exist on donations and corporate sponsorships from our generous community. Please donate today to enable us to continue making a positive impact in the lives of at risk kids and our community.

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