Rifle mural to bridge generation gap
RIFLE — It’s always easy to develop negative attitudes between generations, and it can be just one more area where social media makes a problem worse. So instead of focusing on the negative, a group of 15 art students picked up their brushes and stencils in an attempt to build a generational bridge.
They chose the theme “When I was Your Age …” for this year’s Rifle mural.
“I hear it all the time, that millennials are ruining everything, and I’m just at the end cusp of the conversation,” said Mandy Klauck, who teaches art at Rifle High School and oversees the project. “They look at memes on Facebook, conversations with their grandparents, everything millennials are blamed for. These kids are witnessing and going through the generation gap, and that’s how we picked this year’s theme.”
The project is financed through a grant from the Embrey Family Foundation, which cites “arts for social change” as one of its passions. It’s a joint effort between Youth Zone and the Bookcliffs Arts Center in Rifle.
The students have worked since June on the mural, located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and First Street in Rifle.
“Last year we focused more on how technology consumes our lives,” said Kyra Guerrette, a Rifle High School student. “This year, we decided that since everything about the generation gap is so negative we should focus on the positive.”
The mural explores five generations: Silent Generation (mid-1920s-40s), Baby Boomers (mid-1940s-64), Gen X (1965-84), Millennials (1982-96) and the current Generation Z. Each has a distinct section of the timeline with simple images that depict iconic moments of each era. Side-by-side, it represents them all coming together.
“We decided we shouldn’t focus on the negative. We are all connected and should appreciate each generation,” Rifle High student Lexi Harlan said.
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