Beautify the Barriers Painting Project

Beautify the barriersIn 2021 and 2022, local artists painted murals on the line of concrete "jersey" barriers near the exit of our parking lot, transforming them into fabulous artwork! We are again seeking artists to repaint the barriers with new designs that tie into 2023's Summer Learning Program theme, "All Together Now." The Beautify the Barriers project will be publicly unveiled in early June 2023 where artists will be recognized for their creations. The art will be displayed for approximately one year.

Sponsors: Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Art Depot and a grant from The Foundation for Enhancing Communities/Arts for All, Simpson Library will provide a modest stipend to the artists, amount to be determined, upon completion of the project.  

Apply to Beautify the Barriers! Download an application (PDF, 443KB, 4 pages) or pick one up at the library. Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2023. Email completed applications to Ilse at, drop them off at the library, or mail to 16 N. Walnut St, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. 

Successful applicants must complete their painting during the month of May 2023. The barriers will be re-painted with a white base coat in April, and bordered with freshly groomed landscaping. Artists are to supply their own materials. Here are some tips and tricks from the artists who participated previously.

Key Dates for 2023
January 1:  Applications open
March 1:  Applications due 
March 31:  Applicants notified of acceptance and barrier assignments
April 10:  Applicants confirm to Library their acceptance to become 2023 Artists
May 1 - 31:  Painting of Barriers, completion by May 31
Early June:  Reception and public unveiling of the paintings 

Questions? Please contact Ilse Kryemadhi at or call 717-766-0171.

Take a look at the designs from 2021 and 2022!

Copyrighted Artwork Samples for the Summer Learning Program
These are representative samples of the artwork that will be used to promote the Summer Learning Program. They are not to be replicated on the barriers.

Sample images of Summer Learning Program artwork 2023




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January 12, 2023