Groundswell Community Mural Project
New York, New York
The NEA grant will support Transform/Restore: Brownsville, the transformation of vandalized walls into painted murals by young adults on probation. This participatory public art project is designed to engage high-risk young adults, local businesses, and community members in creating visible and permanent change in one of New York City's most challenged neighborhoods. In partnership with the New York City Department of Probation and Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District, Groundswell will work with young adults to conduct community interviews and surveys that identify Brownsville's hidden strengths, and translate their findings into visual imagery for large-scale murals.
As many as 40 young adults on probation will complete five large-scale public art projects to be enjoyed by Brownsville's 116,000 residents. Brownsville has the highest concentration of public housing of any neighborhood in the nation, and 1 in 12 Brownsville men between the ages of 16 to 24 is in prison.