It has been a busy fall for the more than 5o youth muralists in our program. Most of our work has been getting the overpass painted, images touched up and developing writings and drawings related to the overpass mural. Our theme revolves around the concept of changing the overpass and it's meaning, and taking ownership of this small part of the neighborhood.
Tagging is down significantly as youth begin to re-imagine the overpass in terms of a Destination. Arrival - Transformation - Portal - Destination are the four words we came up with to describe our experience walking over the overpass.
This fall included a number of days of service, including September 11, which included a moving closing circle attended by the relative of a victim of the 911 tragedy.
Over 200 people have had a hand in this project to date, and the work continues as we build a culture of respect and hope in this area. We also started working on the garden at the Boys and Girls club, spending many hours weeding the abandon garden and removing over 40 bags of weeks - mostly crab grass that had invaded the beds.
Our leadership team is working on final touches and will add and a final sealer so the mural is ready for an unveiling celebration in the early Spring.