Barko Seeks Donations for New Mural in Downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Artist Bob Barko Jr. will put up his latest public art project at the former site of the State Theatre in downtown Youngstown. The 32-by-six foot mural will cover the vacant space left by the demolition of most of the building.

The mural, “Here in Youngstown,” will feature 92 individual images of people, landmarks, attractions and products of Youngstown. Next to the mural will be a painted recreation the State Theatre’s front entrance. Most of the building was demolished in 2008, two decades after the venue closed. All that stands today is the entrance’s facade.

““This project is a most excellent way to mark the 20th anniversary of Steel Town Studios and will serve as a cumulative result of my efforts to celebrate ‘All Things Youngstown’ for more than two decades.” Barko said in a statement. “I am grateful to be able to team up with Strollo Architects, Youngstown CityScape and Leadership Mahoning Valley to make the vision a reality.”    

Barko and his partners are looking to raise $8,000 to complete the project; $1,800 has already been raised. Funds will be used for site preparation, printing, materials and commemorative prints given to donors. Volunteers and in-kind services will also be used.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses. A $1,000 donation will include a full-color logo on the mural and prints, as well as 10 complementary copies of the print, while a $500 donation will include a full-color logo and five copies.

Individual donations are also available, with names included on the mural and one print for every $100 donated. 

Sponsorships can be secured through Youngstown CityScape by calling 330 742 4040 or

Pictured: A rendering of the murals artist Bob Barko Jr. will install at the site of the former State Theatre.

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