The awesome organization Groundswell has recently dedicated two new murals in the neighborhood, one at Boys and Girls High School and the other at Tompkins Houses. Groundswell does great work pairing young people with artists, who together design and paint murals all over NYC. The first one, pictured above, was painted by the artists Chris Soria and Demetrius Felder alongside a team of students from the school. According to Groundswell, “Their design bursts with a field of bright colors across a wall on the school. Portraits of inspirational figures from Bedford Stuyvesant and beyond emerge as a testament to the strength of the community.” The mural dedication was last week with Council Member Robert Cornegy. Here are some photos of the mural going up, courtesy of Groundswell:
Also last week, Groundswell and NYCHA unveiled the first of a series of three murals at the Tompkins Houses. It’s part of a big one-year initiative known as “Public Art / Public Housing” in which 200 young adults living in NYCHA housing will be painting vacant walls in public housing around the city. The first mural, pictured below, is entitled “Holding It Down For Generations.” It was designed and painted by the artists Chris Soria and Jazmine Hayes as well as a team of young Tompkins Houses residents. Beautiful!