NEW ARTWORK BLOSSOMS IN ISHAM PARK

"The Creative Keepers" in front of the new mural at the entrance to Isham Park.
Back Row: Teaching Artist Assistant Kito Kirtley, Johanna, Alsyssa, Elsie, Camila, Kiara.
Front Row: Ellington, Trevonna, Teaching Artist Jocelyn Goode-Morgan, Nicole.

It’s late summer and Isham Park is in full-bloom. The NYC Parks Department recently completed a long-awaited capital project. The Volunteers for Isham Park have been lavishing the paths and gardens with attention, and Creative Art Works has just completed a new mural on the north side of 4970 Broadway that celebrates the diversity of the Inwood community and the beauty of the neighborhood’s green spaces.

The new mural was painted by the "Creative Keepers," a team of CAW all-stars from two Public Art Youth Employment programs that were completed in md-August, one at George Washington High School and the other at Renaissance School of the Arts. The team was lead by CAW Teaching Artist Jocelyn Goode-Morgan and Teaching Artist Assistant Julia Kito-Kirtley

This project received tremendous support from local businesses in Inwood. Manuel "Manny" Ramirez allowed the Creative Keepers to use the basement of Dicther Pharmacy as a workspace. Most importantly, Alef Realty Management Company paid to have the wall on the north side of New Edition Cleaners restored in preparation for the mural painting.  

To be honest, I’m excited that my name will be on it and it’s in my neighborhood. But it’s also great to know that we could build back from what happened a few years ago and create something beautiful.
— CAW Youth Employee Trevonna
We’re all about empowering New York City youth through art. Through that process, we connect them to their communities and show them that they can have a voice in their communities and influence what happens there.
— CAW Director of Development Karen Jolicoeur
Trevonna in front of the New Mural at Isham Park

Trevonna in front of the New Mural at Isham Park

Read more about the history of this mural site in an excellent article by Lindsay Armstrong on DNAinfo.com by clicking HERE

 

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