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Youth asked to participate in next Carolina Beach Mural Project

The Youth Mural Project will feature artwork created by community youth in Carolina Beach, to be installed on storage units at Mike Chappell Park. (Courtesy photos)

CAROLINA BEACH — New public art is going on display as part of the nonprofit, Carolina Beach Mural Project (CBMP).

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CBMP’s will be hosting a Youth Mural Project, partially funded with $3,000 by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, as well as from private donations. It will represent children’s love for beach activities and will appear on the storage units at Mike Chappell Park (501 N. Dow Rd.), according to a press release from CBMP. 

Local Maria Emilia Borja, also known as Mar’Emilia of Mushpa + Mensa, is the featured artist. She will welcome children of all ages who live on the island to help her paint the mural. Materials will be provided by Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation for free. Youth participants will have the chance to contribute from the end of April to the beginning of May. 

Borja is a multi-media artist who focuses on creating bright displays of public art.

There is also an opportunity for the greater public to include a picture of their pup on the mural — only one spot is open and bidding will begin at $500 on Mar. 1. Bids can be sent to

Top bids will be posted on the Carolina Beach Mural Project Facebook page until the end of the contest, Monday, Mar. 7, 6 p.m. All funds raised will go to erecting the youth mural.

Community members are also welcome to sponsor the event. More information can be found at

More designs from multi-media artist Maria Emilia Borja, who will welcome community youth in Carolina Beach to participate in creating murals. (Courtesy photos)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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