Local public arts program engages community and inspires at-risk youth

A high-school student stood near the door of a classroom in Hoyt School, observing quietly as his classmates painted. He appeared nervous to join in. Artist Sonya Sankaran calmly handed him a paint brush and reassured him that mistakes could always be fixed. Soon, the student was painting flowers alongside his classmates. The student is one of many around Dane County who have contributed to public murals with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA).