Environmentally Themed Mural 2020-03-04T10:16:36+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
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $50,000
Project Completed: October 2014
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2014, through a competitive process, Groundswell and the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce 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. The project engaged a team of 20 youth muralists, including 7 Greenpoint-based youths, aged 14 to 21, in a curriculum that emphasized the history of environmental efforts in the community. 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.

Their endeavors culminated in the creation of “Our Journey to Clean Water,” a 65-by-32-foot mural that was added to an exterior wall of John Ericsson M.S. 126, Magnet School for Environmental Engineering. The mural–which the youth team worked 28 hours per week, over 7 weeks, for a total of 175 hours to create–explains Greenpoint’s history of environmental justice activism, while also promoting the importance of environmental engagement and stewardship.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Created a public mural entitled “Our Journey to Clean Water” that celebrates Greenpoint’s history of environmental justice activism, and highlights the importance of environmental engagement and stewardship
  • Involved 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 mural’s themes
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