Casper Mural Project unveils Women of Wyoming piece off Center Street

Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 4:22 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper has a new mural downtown off Center Street. The “Women of Wyoming” mural was unveiled Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to the artist, the mural is intended to foster inclusivity and positivity by honoring the strong, bold women of the Eastern Shoshone people.

“I actually reached out to the cultural center, and said you know I am not in fact Native American, I don’t think I can tell this story, but I want to tell your story, can you please send me some pictures of women you feel really embody this modern, bold, strong woman,” said artist Koda Witsken.

This is the fourth piece from the Casper Mural Project. Each year they chose a theme and then called for artists. From the nationwide search, Witsken was selected. A team of women arts administrators, photographers, and models collaborated to lead the creation of the mural.

The goal of the piece is to celebrate Wyoming’s suffrage history and the strong, independent women who have shaped the state.

“I want people to be inspired by art. I think art keeps you in the moment, and it’s an opportunity to show faces and places that maybe are not like you, or maybe are exactly like you and that’s affirming for everyone. And just to bring joy, like I think to have a beautiful image like this downtown, I think will just make you smile when you walk by,” said Casper Mural Project Art Selection Committee Chair Alisha Bynum.

The Casper Mural Project shared its hopes that one day the entire alley off Center Street will be filled with murals.