SKB Memorial Bridge Mural Project

Waterbury, CT - In a unique tribute to honor the late Samuel K. Beamon, a U.S. Marine, Waterbury Police Officer, and community leader, Waterbury’s Samuel K. Beamon Memorial Scholarship Committee and City of Waterbury are partnering with RiseUP for Arts and renowned artist Emida Roller to paint a mural on the Samuel K. Beamon Memorial Bridge. This project is a testament to the life and work of Mr. Beamon, aiming to inspire a legacy of service and honor in the community.

The mural, with a total budget of $12,000, is halfway funded thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation and contributions from the community via GoFundMe. The project organizers are actively seeking additional donations and volunteers to help complete this tribute to Waterbury's first responders and the community.

Location: Bridge is located at approximately 799 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06705

RiseUP for Arts, a non-profit organization that has successfully completed over 150 mural and placemaking projects throughout Connecticut, is leading this effort.

Call for Volunteers
RiseUP for Arts is hosting a community paint day on June 10th from 9AM to 5PM. Volunteers are needed to sign up for 2-hour time slots to assist in painting the mural on the SKB Bridge. Twenty volunteers per timeslot are required. Interested individuals can sign up via this link: Google Form.

Fundraising Appeal
To complete both sides of the mural, an additional $6,000 is needed. Every donation, large or small, contributes to realizing this project, honoring Samuel K. Beamon, and celebrating Waterbury's first responders and community.

Donations made to RiseUP are fully tax-deductible. 

Checks can be mailed to: 

The RiseUP Group, Inc., 942 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.  Add SKB Mural to Memo Line. 

To see previous mural projects by RiseUP for Arts, please visit

Mural Concept:

Artist/Management Payment $8,000
Prep work $1,500
Paint/Supplies $2,000
Community Painting/Workshops $500
Total $12,000
About the SKB Memorial Scholarship Committee:
Samuel K. Beamon was a beacon of light in the Waterbury community, always putting others before himself. IN honor of his dedication to others, the SKB Memorial Scholarship Committee was formed to award scholarships to Waterbury youth demonstrating selflessness. They host the annual SKB "Day of Service" in June to rally the Waterbury community to get out serve others.
About RiseUP for Arts:
RISEUP FOR ARTS is a non-profit aimed at creating public art that is inclusive and accessible for anyone.
RiseUP for Arts has completed over 150 mural and place-making projects since 2015 throughout Connecticut. RiseUP works with 50+ local, professional artists, collaborates with 100's of partners, and hosts 1,000+ volunteers per year to help beautify our communities.
RiseUP for Arts, creates public art through public art consulting and curating, donations, grants, and community goodwill. RiseUP supports artists, cities, other nonprofits, companies, and local community members in making their public art projects come to life. The organization helps create the vision and manages the entire process to beautify communities.


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