The Salem Mural Project offers youth from Salem’s Boys and Girls Club an opportunity to engage in creating public art that reflects the vibrancy and diversity within their own community. Focusing on widespread public benefit through the arts, the goals of this mural is to educate and engage youth in the creation of public art while encouraging residents to take pride in their community through an in-depth community participation process. The mural will be displayed in Salem’s Point Neighborhood.
Over the past six months, young people from the community have been learning mural painting techniques while residents provided input into the themes and values they want represented in the public art in their community. The end result will be a large scale neighborhood mural that celebrates pride in the Point neighborhood’s history, diversity, and sense of community. They have met with muralists, toured public art around Massachusetts, and worked together to turn their ideas into images.
Youth have already begun painting images of schools, friends, and historical icons to show their Pride in their community onto large scale panels. These panels will be adhered together within a frame that will then be mounted two stories up onto the blank side of a North Shore CDC apartment building. This mural will be visible both in the Point neighborhood and to downtown Salem.
Your contribution will provide the remaining support to mount and install the final 12' x 16' mural on a building near Peabody Street Park.
The project will culminate in the unveiling of the mural at Youth Get to the Point Day this spring 2012. As a sponsor, you are invited to join us for this event on Thursday May 31, 2012 at Peabody Street Park. Attendees will get a first glimpse of the mural during a celebration of youth giving back to the community.
The North Shore CDC values residents in the communities in which we work and the opportunity to collaborate to revitalize neighborhoods. In working with residents in the neighborhoods we serve, North Shore CDC hopes to provide participants an opportunity to change the perception of low-income communities.
The Boys & Girls Club of Salem believes that character and leadership empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and respect their own and others' cultural identities. The Torch Club program is for members 8 to 12 years old. This small-group leadership development program promotes community service and leadership skills and will be the main contributing artists for the Salem Point Youth Mural.
Peabody Essex Museum has led education technique training for the mural project. The fall was spent focusing on building youth’s artistic and collaborative skills through art making and visiting the museum’s inspiring collections. The students are currently working with PEM on creating a design for the mural based on the theme of “Pride in the Community.”
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, as well as supported through a grant from the New England Biolabs Foundation.
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