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"Strong Past... Proud Future" in Malden


malden mural almost complete The City of Malden and the Malden Cultural Council have partnered with The Art Connection and the MBTA to design and paint a mural in the center of town.

"Strong Past... Proud Future", Malden's first mural, was dedicated on July 10, 2011. Read all about the event, attended by state and local representatives, MBTA officials, organizers, the youth who designed it, and volunteer painters! Read all about it on Boston.com and WickedLocal! See images from the dedication here.

This project focused on working with youth in the city who developed the design and painted the mural on an MBTA overpass on Route 60. Our core group of participating teens included: Manny, Katya, Corrine, Audrey, Evanah, Sherley, and Angela with additional help from: Cameron, Derwin, Commie, Chris, Anthony, Johnny, and Thupten. Thanks for helping make your community a brighter place!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Other funders includethe malden Industrial Aid Society and the Malden Redevelopment Authority.

Many thanks also to all those who joined us for our Community Painting Day May 22nd 2011. Over 65 Malden residents came out to pick up a brush and help make their mark on Malden's first public community mural.

View pics of the painting process by clicking here or on the slideshow below!

Read the article on Boston.com and view their pics of our first painting day!
Read the article in the Malden Patch!
Read the article in the Malden Observer!

Many thanks to all of our supporters who helped make this possible. Funding has come through from the Malden Cultural Council, Malden Redevelopment Authority, and private donations.

The funding for the implementation of this project has been a long time coming. Read the August article in the Malden Observer. Read the June article in the Globe.

Read on for more info about the history of the project:

Malden Community Input EventMalden Mural Youth Task Force
A Community Input Event was held on October 15, 2009 to invite the greater community to help us brainstorm themes and ideas for the project. Suggested themes included those involving Malden's history, diversity, youth, and nature. Read more about this event from the Malden Observer.

Malden Community Input Event

A second Community Input Event took place on November 23, 2009 to present the youths' design to the community and receive feedback before moving forward. Find out more with this flyer and this article from the Boston Globe.

Also, Click here to see photos from the Community Input Events and Design Sessions or click on the slideshow below.

This project is facilitated by artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee, with support from the Mayor's office, the City Council's Citizens Engagement Committee, and Youth A.C.T. The painting of the mural is made possible in part by grants from the Malden Cultural Council, Malden Redevelopment Authority, and private donations. the designing of the mural was made possible in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The mural will be painted on a wall at the Malden Center T belonging to the MBTA, and we are very appreciative of and grateful to the MBTA for their support of this project in granting permission to use their wall to add color to the community.