Wednesday, July 27, 2011


A mural designed to promote traffic safety at a dangerous intersection will be painted at 338 E. 5th Street, on the side of Connie's Cafe. Two artists from Groundswell Community Mural Project will guide thirteen students through the creation of the "Church Avenue Mural." The students are learning job skills as they create public art for their neighborhoods.

The team has conducted studies on local traffic patterns and strategized ways to promote safety and respect among the many communities present in the neighborhood.

The Lead Artist on the Church Avenue Mural is Yana Dimitrova, the Assistant Artist is Adam Kidder, and the Youth Artists are Ariel Azore, Ra-Shawn Barino, Michael Coleman, Richie Einhorn, Yves Fatal, Nataya Friedan, Jazmine Hayes, Ivan Jacobson, Peter Kehinde, Cassandra Parbolus, Joanna Roberts, Dustin Washington, and Bill Ng.

Community Painting Day will be on Tuesday, August 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the mural will be dedicated on Thursday, August 25th, at 11:00 a.m. at the site of the mural.

The mural is being painted in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Office of Safety Education and its Urban Art Program division.