Oakridge Neighborhood basketball court mural dedication planned for Wednesday
A dedication ceremony is planned for Wednesday for the new basketball court mural at Oakridge Neighborhood, which was designed in honor of Yore Jieng, a 14-year-old Oakridge resident who died after being struck by a stray bullet while he sat in the passenger seat of a car with his family. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Oakridge campus, 1401 Center St., Des Moines. The mural is part of a larger project by the Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation to revitalize public spaces in ethnically diverse and low-income areas. The foundation commissioned artist Jordan Weber to create two murals in the Oakridge Neighborhood, the first of which embodies the dreams and potential of Jieng. The project, called “SWISH,” is funded through the foundation’s Director’s Discretionary Fund, a GC20 Capital Project grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines and Knapp Properties LC.