“Aurora” mural will be welcome sign to downtown

Aurora will soon have a new, welcoming mural along West Galena Boulevard. Local artist and muralist Josh Schultz was given the green light by both Aurora’s City Council and Aurora Downtown’s board of directors to begin work on a mural that has been in the works since the fall of 2019 on the rear of Tortas Guadalajara at 5 S. Lake St. 

Aurora Downtown recently paused the contracted project to hear concerns from community members, and has since agreed to implement new practices going forward that will focus on equity and transparency with public art projects. 

As the mural sponsor, Aurora Downtown said the “Aurora” mural will provide a large and colorful welcome sign, and is a step to achieving one of the group’s goals of improving and beautifying downtown gateways. 

“As we continue to work with local artists, we will spend time as an organization to reflect on community concerns and improve our policies. We can always learn and improve as a group while pushing for a healthy and thriving downtown for all to enjoy,” said Kim Woodin, chair of Aurora Downtown.