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Westlawn Community Garden murals promote hope

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 20:57:48-04

On Milwaukee's Northwest side, the Westlawn Community has a brand new set of murals.

Safe & Sound teamed up with the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center to help more than 50 kids paint positive messages of hope for the mural. 

Youth Worker Lyric Washington says these murals are more than just pretty works of art. She says the area is more than just violence and death, these murals reflect that.  

"We're helping the community, showing like, we can do something better than just shoot it and hurt each other," said Washington. 

To showcase the murals, Safe & Sound hosted a party in the Westlawn Community Garden. The Milwaukee Police Department brought out their Ice Cream Truck, to many children's' delight.  Alderman Cavalier Johnson and MPD Captain Heather Wurth praised the young artists. Both spoke about the importance of creating a safe community.

The words of both city officials resonated with Washington as she proudly looks at the artwork. 

"I'm very proud because honestly I've never seen nothing like this. I've never seen anyone paint something like this. Then, especially me being a part of it, I just love it," said Washington. 

Safe & Sound says this community mural is just one of 10 community projects the organization is hosting throughout the city.