Under the direction of artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee, The Art Connection partnered with Casa Esperanza and their clients to design and paint a community mural on Dudley Street in Roxbury in the summer of 2010.
Casa Esperanza was created as a grassroots response to the substance abuse crisis in the Latino community. With the mission of helping people to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, gain the skills they need to be self sufficient, and repair and strengthen families torn apart by addiction, Casa Esperanza operates numerous treatment facilities providing services for individuals and families in recovery.
A Community Input Event was held on December 14, 2009 to invite the greater community to help us brainstorm themes and ideas for the project. Suggested themes included: recovery, support, hope, island culture, the strength of community, and the power of music.
Casa Esperanza clients then met for a series of design sessions during which they further developed the suggested themes through verbal brainstorming and a drwaing workshop. As the imagery was further developed, clients learned about painting a mural through firsthand experience, coming together to learn about technique and composition and painting a “mini mural” on a wall in their dining area.
A second Community Input Event took place Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm to present the group’s design to the community and receive feedback before moving forward. View the press release here.
A Community Painting Day was held on Thursday July 22 for all passersby to join in the painting fun.
A client described the mural as follows:
“PODEMOS SALIR DE LA PROFUNDIDAD CON APOYO Y UNIDOS PODEMOS SUBIR ALTO Y CANTAR TODOS JUNTOS”.
“We can rise from the depth with support and united we can aim high and sing all together”
Click here to see photos from the Community Input Event and Design Sessions or click on the slideshow below.
Click here to see photos from the Painting Sessions on click on the slideshow below.
The implementation of this program is supported in part by a Young Adult Community Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Boston Public Health Commission Bureau of Addictions Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, Casa Esperanza, The MEM Project, and The Art Connection. The design sessions were made possible by the Fund for the Arts, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. This mural is facilitated by artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee, and will be painted on a wall at 349 Dudley St in Roxbury (across from the bus stop and next to a community center). We are very appreciative of and grateful to the building owners for their support of this project in granting permission to use their wall to add color to the community.