SUNSET PARK – Before setting sail at the free community boating event in Sunset Park tomorrow, head over to Bush Terminal Park early and help paint a new mural.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) and Groundswell, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for “young people of color, and artists of color, through public art,” are hosting a Community Mural Wall Paint Day on Saturday at the waterfront park.
Groundswell artist and Sunset Park resident, Angel Garcia, will lead the team of volunteers in painting his mural design. The theme of the community artwork is the industrial waterfront and waterfront access.
“We were really interested in doing a public art project and not only one that would be a beautification project of the campus but also something that could have people from the neighborhood help both in the conception of the idea and fabrication of the art,” Julie Stein, Executive Director of Sunset Park for NYC EDC, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Stein and Council Member Carlos Menchaca decided to team up with Groundswell on the project based on the art organization’s “long history of doing this kind of work within the community.”
Locals met earlier this month to discuss the project’s waterfront theme and what they want to see included in the community-composed artwork, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle article.
Art supplies will be provided at Saturday’s painting event and all are invited to participate and contribute to the mural.
The final artwork will be unveiled on Friday, August 3, from 4pm to 6pm.
Community Mural Wall Paint Day
Saturday, July 21, 12pm to 4pm
Bush Terminal Park (1st Avenue & 50th Street entrance), Sunset Park