Red Road To MarsCommunity Identity Archive
(Brooklyn - 2012)
CITYarts invited NASA to help us combine art education and leadership skills for a much needed mural project at PS 328 for underserved youth in the East New York community. In June 2012, neighborhood youth worked with professional artists to create a mural entitled Take the Red Road to Mars, representing their dreams for a better future. This project gave youth a chance to imagine and create art, inspired by Mars and to empower youth to discover, learn new skills and gain confidence. The P.S. 328 mural is one of the most compelling projects CITYarts has undertaken. Principal Douglas Avila personally approached CITYarts’ Director with an emotional plea for the mural, citing CITYarts’ longstanding success in engaging youth and fostering teamwork to build confidence and pride of accomplishment in their contribution to the community.