CORNING - Work began this week on a new mural to brighten up an alley just off Bridge Street near Carey’s Brew House.

The Alley Art project is student-design and student-painted, with the guidance of Rockwell Museum educators.

“We are really excited,” said Amy Ruza, Youth and Family Programs Educator at The Rockwell Museum. "It’s a great way to bring people in the community together. It seems like with this program the community is thriving. The program has an educational component that (also) gives the students an opportunity to leave their mark.”

Nine students from the Corning-Painted Post School District's High School Learning Center alternative school program helped design the mural last winter, said Ruza. After the students submitted their designs, Rockwell Professional Artist Brad Leiby took all of the students' different symbols and elements and incorporated them into one cohesive design.

Joe Carey, owner of Carey’s Brew House, said the mural will be a great addition to the Bridge Street area.

“There are about 30 students total painting the mural,” Ruza said. “The work, weather permitting, is expected to be completed in mid-to-late September.”

Ruza said the Rockwell believes in civic engagement and building community through partnerships and collaboration.

“The Alley Art project has been in existence for more than 10 years and this is the eleventh mural of the program,” Ruza said. “The title of this years mural is 'Transcendents.'”

This mural will be the second located on the city’s Northside, Ruza said. Eight murals are located in the Market Street area and one is near Denison Park.

Ruza said the Alley Art project is a unique educational program designed to connect local high school students to both The Rockwell’s fine art collection and their community at large.

Officials said students earn credits toward their high school diploma during the time spent with Rockwell educators, all while cultivating a sense of pride, ownership and connection to the community.

Ruza said a ribbon-cutting for the mural, titled "Transcendence," is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 26.