Umma ParkCommunity Identity Archive
(Brooklyn - 2015)
In the spring and summer of 2015, CITYarts will developed and created a mural project at Umma Park for at-risk youth in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. This exciting project is designed to bring together over 600 local youth from low-income families with professional artists through a collaboration between CITYarts, the Umma Group, the Flatbush Development Corporation, the NYC Parks Department, and Brooklyn Community Board 14.
The creative process will included a series of art education workshops and the creation of a 10’ by 150’ outdoor mural at Umma Park under the guidance of professional artist Damien Mitchell. The mural at Umma Park 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.
CITYarts’ Umma Park mural project will serve approximately 600 at-risk boys and girls between the ages of 9-18 from Ditmas Junior High School, Flatbush Development Corporation, the Thomas S. Murphy Boys and Girls Club, Brooklyn Community Services, Trailblazers, and other community youth. According to the NYC Department of City Planning, 25.7% of all families with children under the age of 18 within Brooklyn Community District 14 live below the poverty line. CITYarts’ mural project will simultaneously invigorate Umma Park into a space that fosters positive community activities, engage local youth in an art project during after-school hours and the summer vacation, and give local youth a sense of ownership and pride in their community.