Groundswell works with youth artists to design, paint, and install murals in their communities. This year they have designed a mural that hopes to capture the nuance of Crown Heights. The mural has been titled “One Crown Heights” and will be installed this summer. Until then, Groundswell and partners on this project, including the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, will be hosting community painting days to get the mural ready for installation.
On March 17, Crown Heights residents and community leaders gathered at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work at the first painting day for the “One Crown Heights” mural! Over the course of several hours, people of all ages painted two panels of the mural using paint-by-numbers instructions. Council Member Laurie Cumbo and Rabbi Eli Cohen spoke about the importance of this mural in representing the history of tension and collaboration between the Afro-Caribbean and Chasidic communities in Crown Heights.