“I Am, We Are” Mural Project
“The ‘I Am, We Are’ mural project is an example of how we build bridges between our youth and the community to enrich the city,”
On June 14, 2016, Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) unveiled a large outdoor public mural in the Fenway neighborhood. The mural was co-created by ARCK’s middle school students from Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, ARCK’s teaching artists and interns, and professional artist Mark Cooper, known for his collaborative art endeavors with children across the country. The multi-panel mural, 48 feet wide and 12 feet tall, is now prominently displayed at 51 Brookline Avenue between Fenway Park and Yawkey Station. Entitled “I Am, We Are,” it showcases students’ exploration of their identities and multicultural communities to an audience of millions of local and visiting passersby.
Attending our ceremony were special honorary guest Mayor Walsh and Arts and Culture Chief Julie Burros. The mayor and ARCK founder Sara Mraish Demeter spoke, and afterwards the Red Sox generously hosted a private reception for ARCK supporters, students, teachers, and families.
See these two beautiful videos about the project: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cable/video_library.asp?id=17646 by the City of Boston of the unveiling ceremony and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gvweAnPCWA by Small Army documenting the creation of the mural.
International Art Healing
In addition to developing programs for public schools in Boston, ARCK founder Sara Mraish Demeter has traveled to Jordan to bring a “Storytelling through Art” program to Syrian refugee children displaced from their homes and schools and living in Jordan. This international art healing program was conducted at the Family Guidance Awareness Center in Zarqa and aided by a small grant from the MIT IDEAS Global challenge.
Sara is passionate about the power of art to help heal after trauma, and hopes to continue working with children affected by the global refugee crisis. Read her blog entries from the 2013 program here to see the impact the arts can have on children experiencing displacement and trauma.