Isabel Garcia

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If you’ve ever wanted to paint a large-scale mural with other members of your community, now’s your chance! The Sacred Arts Research Foundation (SARF) is partnering with the Graham Ave. Business Improvement District,  P.S. 257, Golden Drum, A.U.M., M.A.I.S.C and the Borinquen Plaza Community Center North Brooklyn YMCA to create a collaborative public mural. 

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on 46 Graham Ave. at Cook St. at the Fabco Shoes building. Spanning 70 feet by 20 feet, the wall has plenty of space for the community to contribute to the mural. 

“The community mural project is a collaborative painting experience that’s designed to transform the neighborhood by bringing in community members of all ages,” says AJ Block, president on the board of SARF and the lead manager for the mural project. Block believes the project aligns with SARF’s mission to make art accessible to a wide range of people, bring together concepts from different cultures, and create meaningful experiences through art.

SARF is working with elementary school students of P.S. 257 to create the mural. Artist Craig Anthony Miller will lead the overall painting of the mural, while students and the public will paint smaller areas within it. The theme of the mural is ecology and nature since the surrounding neighborhood lacks nature and parks. But during a brainstorming session, P.S. 257 student council members presented creative ideas that deviated from ecology. So the theme will develop as the students and public paint the mural. 

The event will take place from October 17 to October 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the final day, Saturday, October 19, there will be live music and food.

You can sign up to participate in painting the mural here. If you’re interested in helping out with the event, you can sign up to volunteer here

Images Courtesy of Craig Anthony Miller

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