New mural in Burlington symbolizes addiction recovery

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – A new mural at the intersection of South Winooski Avenue and King Street was finished on Friday, with a group of volunteers helping to add the finishing touches.

The mural, painted on the side of the new Turning Point Center building, represents their mission helping those battling addiction.

“A lot of people who are actually in addiction recovery have added to this,” said Tara Goreau, lead artist for the mural.

Goreau has lent her talents to other locations around the Queen City – her work can be seen outside City Market in downtown Burlington, as well as inside the local food shelf. This mural, she said, is also a symbol for several other local groups.

“It’s also outside the Migrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, 350 Vermont and Vermont Workers Center,” Goreau said. “There’s a lot of themes that are tying into that, community is a huge part of addiction recovery.”

Charlotte Moriarty, a Burlington resident who stopped by on Friday to volunteer, said art has a way of expressing subconscious thoughts and with all these artists working together, the mural has become an expression of unity.

“It just conveys a message, like people were walking by and they decided to stop and paint,” Moriarty said. “It sort of has that community aspect where you walk by and feel happy. Art can do that!”

The mural is also a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Champlain Housing Trust.

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