Environmentally Themed Mural 2018-01-08T11:59:40+00:00

Project Description

Environmentally Themed Mural

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Groundswell Community Mural Project
Project Partners: New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Project Location: 424 Leonard Street
GCEF Grant: $25,000
Matching Contribution: $25,000
Fact Sheet: Environmentally Themed Mural
Project Status: Completed (October 2014)

In 2014, Groundswell received a $25,000 GCEF grant (and provided $25,000 in matching funds) to design and create a large-scale public work of art celebrating environmentalism in Greenpoint. Working with the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the project engaged 20 youth muralists – including 7 Greenpoint-based youth – ages 14 to 21, in a curriculum that emphasized the history of environmental efforts in the community. Their endeavors culminated in the creation of “Our Journey to Clean Water,” a 65- by 32-foot mural that acclaims Greenpoint’s history of environmental justice activism, while also promoting the importance of continued environmental engagement and stewardship. The mural was added to an exterior wall of John Ericcson M.S. 126, Magnet School for Environmental Engineering. The youth team worked 28 hours per week, over 7 weeks, for a total of 175 hours to create the mural. To develop the mural’s themes, the team participated in research and educational field trips, and incorporated input collected from over 150 Greenpoint residents and community stakeholders through outreach and public events.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Created a public mural – “Our Journey to Clean Water” – that celebrates Greenpoint’s history of environmental justice activism, and highlights the importance of environmental stewardship
  • Engaged 20 youth muralists, including 7 from Greenpoint, working a total of 175 hours to design and create the mural
  • Incorporated input from over 150 Greenpoint residents and community stakeholders in creating the theme of the mural
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