RISE is an initiative to fill Preble County with art and culture, allowing youth in the county to actively participate in the creative process while learning life skills, responsibility, team-work and community development. The program is designed to build their character including a sense of integrity, responsibility, spirit and cultural awareness.
RISE came from the YPA (Youth for Public Art) program that began in 2014 as a program for teen boys through a partnership with the Preble County Juvenile Court. The success of YPA have led to the opportunity to explore more art instruction and learning opportunities that would be able to transition students into a work-study program. The program now serves girls as well.
The Wave Wall was commissioned by the ASK Playground in 2015 in efforts to enhance the accessible playground with mentally stimulating play. We commissioned artist Peggy Schuning to create the mosaic structure and to engage the community by including them in the process. Peggy worked with folks at the Eaton Earlybird Farmers Market, YPA students and student volunteers to create the tiles and the structure.
The Wave Wall is also interactive! The turtle sculpture provides questions that prompt discovery and curiosity.
The WAVE WALL is located on Maple St. In Eaton OH.