Rising to the Top at PAL New South Bronx
This summer, Creative Art Works created our sixth mural for PAL and our second at PAL New South Bronx Center. The 18 Youth Apprentices who designed this mural wanted to offer a message of hope and unity to the young people of the South Bronx, and to inspire them to pursue their passions and make healthy life choices. This message informs the symbolism of the mural. As a storm clears behind them, two PAL kids, supported by lily pads, work together to unlock the magic of their potential futures. The water illy symbolizes resilience and strength, as it gestates in the mud and rises to the top of the pond to bloom as a beautiful flower.
Mandalas of Unity
Each end piece of the mural features a mandala created by one of our young artists. These mandalas incorporate Adinkra and Mayan symbols of unity.
people are talking about the mural
Both News12 Bronx and BronxNet covered the official Unveiling and interviewed the Youth Apprentices on the scene. BronxNet also conducted an extensive in-studio interview with two of our Youth Apprentices, as well as CAW Executive Director Brian Ricklin and Teaching Artist Kristy McCarthy, on their morning news magazine program, OPEN.