This summer, YO S.O.S. led a 6-week youth leadership program with a group of 24 young people. One project the group devoted their time and passion to was an indoor mural to brighten up the Mediation Center office and visually communicate the mission and values of the Center’s programming. Summer interns collaborated with two teaching artists – Kathryn Klopp and Elizabeth Rossi, who guided them through an exploration of the visual and social components of place-based artwork. The group brainstormed ideas for the wall and then, with the help of Ms. Rossi, sketched and painted the final mural.

Included in the design are images of young people and adults marching with signs that read “Stop Shooting Start Living,” “Youth Power,” “We Heal Together” and “Don’t Shoot. I Want to Grow Up.” The youth also selected a quote by Huey Newton to include on the wall. It reads, “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.” Images depict a woman blowing seeds of change across a scene in which a young man weighs his options to respond to conflict violently or peacefully, ultimately choosing the peaceful path.

View the process of creating the mural in the images shown here.