Community Gathering Space Mural 2016
a partnership project with the district one community council
2236 Lower Afton Rd, St Paul, MN 55119 (visible from McKnight Rd)
This project was chosen because the immigrant families of this apartment complex are in a relatively isolated area of the neighborhood, surrounded by much wealthier single-family homes. Sadly, like many new American residents, they are often labeled as “trouble-makers” or “odd” or “those people”. Apartment management, the District One Community Council and the local recreation center have long been working to make the residents of the apartment complex feel welcomed and valued as community members. This project was one step toward demonstrating a commitment to new immigrant families and toward the larger community of which they are an integral part. The mural turned a unsightly concrete wall into an energetic backdrop for a community gathering space.
This activity is made possible by the District One Community Council and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund!