Seniors

NYCHA Stapleton: Flowers of Our People

Artist Statement and Creative Rationale By Fermin Mendoza National flowers symbolize a country and its people, representing their culture, heritage and deep roots that trail back hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. America’s national flower, the rose, is also the official flower of the state of New York. Within their Staten Island neighborhood, the Stapleton Houses…

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senior citizens playing dominoes Lillian Wald senior center

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Capicu

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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Arlene and Rick Del Rio mural portrait

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Alphabet City

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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piragua stand Lillian Wald

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Piraguas

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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musician and coqui frogs close up

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Coquí

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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Lillian Wald Senior Center entrance close up

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Flor de Maga

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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Generations in Bay Ridge

“Mural: Master Class” students at McKinley Junior High School celebrated the generational handoff of immigrants in Bay Ridge by creating the Generations mural for the Norwegian Christian Home in Spring 2014. Here are some of the reactions from school and community leaders about the project’s significance: Principal Janice Geary, McKinley Junior High School “Projects like…

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Williamsburg’s Legacy

“Mural: Master Class” students at Progress High School created the Legacy mural to celebrate the cultural heritage Puerto Rican immigrants brought with them to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, beginning in the 1940s. Installed at the entrance of the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center, the project was funded by City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, with volunteers from local partners Cru New York,…

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