Artist Michelle Loughery designed and painted 26 historical murals in downtown Vernon, a project which is an outstanding success not only as it celebrates the area’s heritage and culture but it is also a major tourism draw. Michelle’s talent is unquestionable but it was her creation of this art on the street that was so significant in her community. It mobilized citizens to work together with a sense of pride. Most importantly, Michelle involved 75 youth at risk on the project. Michelle is more than an artist, but rather a mentor to the community’s youth and a public relations ambassador for Vernon.