40 asset paintings on display

The 40 asset paintings created by artists from 40 local organizations are on display at Starbucks at Excelsior & Grand until the end of July.

This special exhibit depicts a tapestry of support for young people in St. Louis Park. Children First, a citywide initiative that brings out the best in St. Louis Park kids, organized this exhibit with the help of four Girl Scouts from Troop 10297 who are working toward their Silver Award, Mariah, Jenna, Ali and Kelsey.

Talented artists representing 40 local organizations each painted a representation of one of the 40 Development Assets upon which Children First is based. The assets are common-sense, character-building traits young people need in their lives and Children First encourages everyone in the community to help build these assets. Research shows that youth who have lots of these assets are more likely to do well in school, volunteer in the community, live healthy lifestyles and less likely to be involved in risky behaviors.

Stop by Starbucks (3850 Grand Way, St. Louis Park) and enjoy this colorful patchwork quilt of art that embraces and encourages St. Louis Park young people. The canvases have been made into a poster that is available from Children First.

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant Program, a collaborative partnership of the City of St. Louis Park, the St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts and the St. Louis Park Community Foundation.

Pictured above: Tim Titus from Starbucks helped Kelsey and the other Girl Scouts hang the 40 asset paintings at the coffee shop.