Corlears Hook Park MuralCommunity Identity Archive
(Manhattan - 2015)
The Friends of Corlears Hook Park approached CITYarts with a request for a mural project that would revitalize Corlears Hook Park and invigorate the area into a place that fosters positive community activities. CITYarts will work with local professional artist David Leventhal, under-served youth from the neighborhood, and community volunteers to clean the park and create a mural for the playground area, to be painted 2015-2016.
The project will serve approximately 100 youth from the nearby Vladeck Houses, a complex of the New York City Housing Authority, Henry Street Settlement, Grand Street Settlement, and other community volunteers. Kicking off the project in Summer 2015, CITYarts will introduce the youth in the community to the project through an arts workshop in the Vladeck Houses community center. The workshop, led by Davi Leventhal, will teach the youth basic art skills and prepare them for a volunteer day at the end of the summer in Corlears Hook Park. Volunteers in the park will work with community members and youth to clean the wall of graffiti, scrape off flaking paint, and apply a fresh coat of primer to the wall. Youth and volunteers will also create large banners to be hung in the Vladeck Houses community center, and which will serve as inspiration for the mural to be painted in Corlears Hook Park in Spring/Summer 2016.
In addition to the youth participants, CITYarts reaches out to parents, community groups and volunteers, businesses, and neighboring schools to broaden the inclusiveness of the project. Our aim is to create a mural at Corlears Hook Park that will serve thousands of local youth from underserved communities and will be a place where low-income families can come rest, play, and enjoy. We hope this project will be only the first part of an eventual three-year collaboration within this community.