Downtown mural dedication held

The “Welcome to Youngstown” mural was dedicated Thursday morning.

Rick Billak with Community Corrections Association hosted the ceremony on Market Street unveiling the 300-foot high work of art. Billak hired Liberty artist Christian Mrosko to paint the mural on the side of a vacant building. The artwork depicts Youngstown’s arts, culture and nightlife. Mrosko spent the last three months completing the mural.

“We see it as a signature piece. Something that, most importantly, reflects the change in attitude, a generational shift where the younger generation is not seeing themselves as victims but rather entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Billak.

Many of the speakers also paid tribute to Billak, who will retire from his 40-year career at CCA in December.

Billak spearheaded a program, through CCA, to develop barren lots throughout the city and turn them into beautiful gardens planted by clients at the halfway house.

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