‘Celebrating the Heroes of Our City’ Mural Receiving Much-Needed Facelift

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 at 10:15 am by
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CITYarts, the organization that connects local youth with artists to create inspirational pieces and a sense of community empowerment, is giving the 210-foot long mural in Henry M. Jackson Playground on the Lower East Side a much needed facelift. Debuting in 2002, with the help of a Walt Disney Company sponsorship, ‘Celebrating the Heroes of Our City’ was created as a hope-filled response to the tragic events of September 11, and pays homage to New York and the the everyday heroes that have become a defining characteristic of Lower Manhattan.

Believe it or not, it’s now eleven years later, and the mural has seen better days. CITYarts is back at it with Disney once again sponsoring; they’ve affixed a few more words to the name, now calling it the ‘Celebrating the Heroes of Our City and Standing Forever Tall’ mural, and are looking for volunteers to help breathe some new life into it.

From the mailbag:

Artists,Yanusz Gilewicz and Leon Reid IV went to both Henry Street Settlement and Grand Street Settlement and directed art workshops with the participating youth. They drew, painted, and collaged, while engaging the youth in a very inspiring conversation about what they would like to see on the wall of their playground.

“We are giving the children of the Lower East Side a chance to be heard, to paint their dreams of a better future.  We hope it will stand as a constant reminder of people coming together to overcome hard times,” says Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts.

If you wanna help, head to Henry M. Jackson Playground at the intersection of Jackson St., Madison St., and Henry St., Monday through Friday 11:00AM-5:00PM. The restoration will continue until its completion and celebration in October, 2013.  All ages are welcome.

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