Muralists rally to start Whiteaker Street Art despite vandalism

Muralists rally to start Whiteaker Street Art despite vandalism

Muralist Barbara Counsil draws the outline of her mural on the street near Sladden Park in the Whiteaker neighborhood on Saturday August 6, 2022.

Six huge new murals will be added to the streets of the Whiteaker area throughout the month of August. Organizers hope the giant art project will encourage motorists to slow down when driving through the neighborhood, promote COVID-19 vaccines as the virus continues to spread, and most importantly, add even more color to the distinctively artistic community to fill.

“Murals bring people together and can create a remarkable sense of place,” said muralist Barbara Counsil as her team began to chalk sketch their work. “You can see that community is helping here, everyone’s trying to be together.”

The project was made possible with a $75,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropy that supports the CDC’s efforts. The nine commissioned artworks will be on the street at six neighborhood intersections and two crosswalks. All pieces are by different artists and address the issue of trust in vaccinations. The project is just the latest effort to continue the fight against COVID-19 by Whiteaker Community Council, which has frequently hosted vaccination clinics, hosted testing opportunities and launched a messaging campaign.

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