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Sycamore High School senior gives art take on Eagle Scout project

September 14, 2018

SYCAMORE – Some Eagle Scouts build park pavilions or fix church stairs as part of their project to earn the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America. But Sycamore High School senior Tommy Kloosterman had a different idea of how he could use his passion to help benefit the community.

Kloosterman, 18, of Sycamore has been involved in the high school’s art program since his freshman year and is now one of four AP art students at the school. He said he thought it would be fitting to make his Eagle Scout project a traveling mural of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Kloosterman said the idea was to have the mural depict something that is quintessential to the Sycamore area and would help show community spirit.

“It would also help inspire future artists throughout the community as well,” Kloosterman said.

Kloosterman said the open house reception for the courthouse mural is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sycamore High School art gallery, 427 Spartan Trail.

Once the project reception is over, Kloosterman said, the mural will tour elementary schools and the middle school within the Sycamore School District 427. He said he is talking with Mayor Curt Lang about other potential stops in town for the mural to visit, including within the Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St., the Chamber of Commerce, 407 W. State St. No. 10, or local businesses.

Lang said he will be attending the reception. He said he hasn’t seen the project itself yet but that he follows the Eagle Scout program and is looking forward to seeing Kloosterman’s creative approach to his project.

“I’m sure it’s going to be great,” Lang said.

Kloosterman said eight people, including himself, contributed to the courthouse mural project. Two of those contributors were also AP art students, he said.

Kloosterman said he thinks art can only help people and that everyone should take at least one art class during their lifetime.

“No matter what their interest or skill level is, I think it benefits a person,” Kloosterman said.

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