Imagine a moment when your crew – your colleagues, your friends, your family – comes together with enthusiasm, excitement, and passion for a cause to which you can all relate. What does that moment look like?
In January 2022 it could look like a community mural service project that jump starts a journey toward a deeper understanding of not only the social impact of the arts, but also of the conditions and systems that create equal opportunities for all of us. Art bridges divides, opens dialogue, and creates understanding – all three of these are essential in working towards diversity, access equity, and inclusion. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” serve as the blueprint for volunteerism and learning through service.
We invite groups of any size, as well as individuals, to further Dr. King’s vision for an equal and just society by doing your part. Just like we must each do our part to create safe and equitable spaces within our larger community, participants in this community art project will paint their part of a larger MLK-themed mural.
Your painted 12×12 “paint by numbers” canvas will be pieced together with other completed 12×12 canvases to create a larger, final mural – like a puzzle! The murals will be donated and installed at four local organizations (listed above) where Dr. King’s message of equity and inclusion will serve as a daily reminder to “do your part” to improve our society.
Data from the Social Impact of the Arts wheel provided by Americans for the Arts.