Murals in Roslindale Village beautify and celebrate our neighborhood, and in 2017, we hope to add a couple more.
In late February, RVMS walked around Roslindale Village with Heidi Schork, Director of the Mayor's Mural Crew - City of Boston (pictured right with RVMS Executive Director, Alia Hamada Forrest), scoping out potential new mural sites and identifying murals that need updates. Together we decided to start with the mural on Birch Street and devote the Mayor's Mural Crew's time and talents to updating a faded mural on a highly visible street. The new mural will celebrate the natural beauty of the nearby Arboretum and green spaces, and include birch trees in honor of Birch Street. The building owner and businesses on Birch Street were consulted and, as of April, the wall has been primed (except for a certain moose from the previous mural: can you spot it?), and the plan is to begin painting this spring/summer, as soon as the weather is warm enough.
Another idea for a wall in the future: A mural that celebrates the cultural diversity of Roslindale around our history of bread-making and the many bakeries that have been and are present in Roslindale. We will continue to update this blog post with updates about the Birch Street mural, as well as any additional new murals that come to our neighborhood.
While walking around Roslindale, we were reminded of how many vibrant, diverse murals we are fortunate to have, from the "Reversed the Curse/Red Sox Champions 2006" baseball mural at 4545 Washington Street, to the Green Dragon mural on Basile Street at the entrance of YMAA Boston, to the "Shop Local" mural on Murray Hill Road.
About the Mayor's Mural Crew: Every summer, young Boston artists work alongside professional mural painters to conceptualize, design, and paint large-scale murals throughout the city. Over the years, the Mayor's Mural Crew (MMC) has given hundreds of Boston's youth the chance to be active participants in the creation of public art. A collaborative effort by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and the Boston Youth Fund, the MMC assists these apprentices in improving their skills, gaining professional experience, and contributing to the overall vitality of the city. The MMC serves as a model for innovative youth programming- linking art and community.