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Fetal Alcohol Coalition to unveil awareness murals

On April 18 the Fetal Alcohol Coalition is set to unveil three murals on Fetal Alcohol Prevention. The murals will be located on the west side of the CRST Telephone Authority warehouse next to the Fitness Center. It has been a goal the Coalition has worked on for the past two years, using captivating art as a means to communicate a health message. 

Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor, created the murals. In recent years, Peyton worked closely with the Cheyenne River Youth Project to develop the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, RedCan graffiti jam and teen art internship program. 

CRYP played a vital partnership role in creating the Fetal Alcohol Coalition’s new public art, which both organizations hope will help raise awareness. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is 100% preventable if a mother abstains from alcohol during pregnancy. 

Many women do not realize that alcohol is toxic to brain cells, and when taken within the first eight weeks of pregnancy, it can cause lifelong damage to the developing child.

Another artist that has been tapped for his talent by the Coalition to help spread the message is Dana Dupris, who designed the Healthy Brain Healthy Start t-shirts that were used in a Fetal Alcohol Awareness Walk with the Head Start children in 2013.

Please come and join us for the unveiling of this mural at 10:00 a.m. on April 18, 2016.

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