Friends of the Yampa has partnered with local Steamboat Springs artist Jill Bergman and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to create a large scale mural themed "The Yampa Is Wild". In partnership with the City of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District and Routt County Search & Rescue, this mural will be placed on the upper south and upper east walls of the Ambulance Barn building along the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The theme of the mural will be "The Yampa is Wild" and will depict the Yampa River from its headwaters in the Flat Tops to the confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument at Echo Park. The mural will be approximately 70 feet long by 12 feet tall. Jill, along with a number of volunteers, have been working on the mural since spring 2018 and plan to hang the mural in June of 2019.
The Yampa is Wild mural will impact citizens and encourage them to develop a caring ethic for the Yampa River, one of the last wild rivers of the Upper Colorado River System.
The overall budget for the project including the creation of an endowment fund with the City of Steamboat to ensure the long term maintenance of the mural is $23,000. To date, we have raised $14,734 dollars from granting agencies such as YVEA, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, and individual donors. The funding gap is $8,266 and we hope that you will consider helping Friends of the Yampa to close the remaining funding need!