SCHOOL MURAL PROJECT
I LOVE MY HOOD is a DOE vendor made up of a collective of artists, educators and
social justice activists who share the goal of improving our communities. We believe in action to improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods, while recognizing and
empowering the creative aspect as a form of expression, social awareness and social
Unfortunately, most of our schools don't reflect the students and faculty that work so hard for a better education. Walls are still being repainted with the same beige and off white that create a monotonous environment that extinguishes the possibility for visual creative sparks.
Murals In Schools allows local artists, students and teachers to visually enhance the school's surroundings. We paint murals that directly reflect the culture and aesthetics of the respective communities, along with inspiring visuals.
Students working with I LOVE MY HOOD as participant-artists learn the therapeutic process of art-making, which allows them to learn about the skills and techniques needed to produce a high-quality piece of public art. Along with a high standard of aesthetics the project would focus on community-building, learning about cultural significance and social awareness.
I LOVE MY HOOD was started in Washington Heights by artists who were born and raised in neighborhoods
such as where many of these schools reside.
What we see on a daily basis matters, especially when working on molding an education for our youth - These are samples of what many of the current school walls look like. So much potential, yet the efforts are usually limited to flyers, posters or construction paper. All which easily get drowned out by the size of white or beige walls.
Investing In Positive Perception
The payoff is not only aesthetic. Allowing the students, faculty and visitors to see Hip Hop Culture being embraced while representing the innovative spirit of each school, shows how involved everyone is to a better learning atmosphere.
To have the walls creatively express what we traditionally only see in textbooks is a step towards artistically expanding how we educate. Representing young people of color in positions of success, leadership and everyday life is the beginning of reprogramming our biases. Images of Black/Latino/Native, including young Women of color are not positively represented by mass media - we counter that narrative and create an environment that boosts pride, self-worth and highlight the true aspects of our communities. Investing today in what our youth see on a daily basis, rewards us all when they develop into our future as adulthood.
2 Workshops with students
Examining how popular media depicts different groups.
Brainstorming for solutions