Friday, April 24, 2009

Community Mural in the Dimond District

I dropped by the mural being painted by the Dimond Community (and anyone who wants to help) near the corner of Macarthur Blvd & Champion Street (near the 7-11) and down the hill from the Dimond Gateway Peace Park. Kristi the artist facilitating the whole mural project was there working with several children, finishing up for the day. A neighbor who stays right in the Dimond, she is active in art and other social action efforts in and around Oakland. Her energy was contagious as the kids working with her were laughing, learning and having loads of fun. Here's some pictures of yesterday's work and the community that it inspired. A LINK to my previous post on the mural project with computer renditions. A schedule of community painting days is at the bottom of the post. We - YOU - can are are actually painting the mural. When I explained that to my kids they did a back flip: "you can paint a wall, do whatever you want?" they asked. "Just about" I replied. When else do you get such an opportunity. See you Sunday. .

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