Artists needed for Aurora Street Art Project to raise suicide awareness

On July 19, artists and Simply Destinee leaders met at Santori Library to discuss the recently funded street art project.

September is Suicide Awareness month and Simply Destinee is launching a street art project to shine a light on suicide. 

Suicide is the second leading cause of deaths in ages 10 to 24. Simply Destinee, a nonprofit youth group offering a noncompetitive dance program and opportunities for conversations regarding youth issues, is determined to change that statistic.

During September, light bulbs with art messages will be displayed throughout downtown Aurora and area locations.

Lightbulbs created by artists along with backlit panels will be the canvas for local artists to share the message of suicide awareness and offer hope.

  • W. Grahame Wilkin is creating prototype “lightbulbs” that artists will be displaying their messages.
  • ArtBar is coordinating artist selection.
  • Simply Destinee is approving the message.
  • Artists are open to submit other street art ideas, but may be at their own expense.
  • There will be coordinated events throughout the month.

Through support from the Dunham Fund, Simply Destinee is providing 10 lightbulb prototypes, and a small stipend to the artist. Area Businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to sponsor additional lightbulbs and coordinated events.

This is the second annual art event that Simply Destinee Youth Group has spearheaded in Aurora and through Dunham Fund support.

The street art project is sponsored in part by Aurora ArtBar, Aurora Downtown, Kane County Sheriff Department, SciTech, Aurora Public Library, and others.

Artists and sponsors are needed


On July 19, Simply Destinee leaders met with several local artists and community members at the Aurora downtown Santori Library to select “light bulb ‘” prototype, being created by  W. Grahame Wikin III, local artist and art instructor at Aurora Christian School along with panel art models by Gaiter, hands-on artist at Sci-tech Museum.

This second year of promoting September Suicide Aawareness month took a leap forward with the help of a Dunham Fund grant received just two weeks ago which took the vision into reality.  With six weeks lead time, there is a rush on for interested artists to provide drafts of their vision for approval, complete “lightbulbs”, and creating events for children of all ages to connect with during the month of September.

Interested artists should contact Aurora ArtBar  right away to learn more.

Community businesses have an opportunity to sponsor a “lightbulb”  at or near their business, and should contact Sinclair Gallagher at 734-676-8593 cell if you have not received a letter and want to participate.  The goal is that the street art will live on beyond September and may be transported to more permanent location or stored for next year.

“Shine the Light” Street Art will be on display in downtown Aurora and surrounding public areas starting on September with kickoff as a part of Aurora Downtown’s September First Fridays event.  This event is expected to draw a huge crowd as it is also hosting Roots Aurora at Water Street Mall.

Courtesy Simply Destinee

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