HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) -- Huntington native, America Carrillo, won't return to Indiana until she completes her mural tour along the east coast.
“I’ve always been drawn to art,” said Carrillo. "I really looked forward to art class all through high school. And I always knew I wanted to do something with art, career-wise.”
Carrillo, who’s been painting since age five, says there weren't many Huntington mural artists around when she was younger.
She painted a mural for northeast Indiana’s ‘Make It Your Own’ Mural Fest in September.
“It was a big decision because that was the largest mural I had ever painted,” said Carrillo.
Carrillo plans to paint a mural in every state, inspiring others to ‘eliminate limiting beliefs’ through her work.
She’s painted murals in 14 states, including Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and a Black Lives Matter mural in Utah during the nationwide outbreak of civil unrest earlier this year in May.
“Since that piece, I’ve been more conscious of including more skin colors in my art,” said Carrillo. “It’s something I never thought of before the movement.”
Katy Strass, Director of The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center says Carrillo’s work is needed for the Huntington community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I do think it’s very important, with the times right now," said Strass. "Morale of the community is boosted by seeing something colorful and happy and bright,” said Strass.
Carrillo already has plans for another mural site in downtown Huntington, at the intersection of Jefferson St. and Washington St.
The full building project, called ‘Yes You Can’ is set to start in late March after Carrillo returns from her mural tour.
‘Yes You Can’ is a community initiative that will teach Huntington youth how to create, design, and install a mural.
Carrillo is currently fundraising for the project through Mar. 1.
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