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New mural celebrates cultural diversity

Artwork will be unveiled June 3 at the Beaverton Downtown Association's Wine and Chocolate Walk

COURTESY CITY OF BEAVERTON - A new mural in Beaverton's Old Town celebrates the city's growing diversity through multi-cultured art forms.The city's arts program will unveil a new mural celebrating Beaverton's cultural diversity this Friday as part of the Beaverton Downtown Association's First Fridays "Wine and Chocolate Walk" event.

The mural, which celebrates Beaverton's diversity through dance, costumes, and cultural references, is located on the east wall of Global Art of Dance Studios, 12570 S.W. Farmington Road.

Artists Jon Stommel and Travis Czekalski, the muralist team known as Rather Severe, worked for seven months to bring the concept to life.

The mural was made possible with supporting grants from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation, Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton Diversity Art Grant and the Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee.

The BDA's Wine and Chocolate Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, will feature live music, wine pours from several wineries and a number of chocolate vendors in Beaverton's Old Town.

For more information, including a map and list of participating businesses, visit downtownbeaverton.org.