Kids work together to create community mural in Milwaukee

Posted at 8:20 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 14:00:08-04

They say art can bring people together. And we found evidence of that in the Mitchell Park Neighborhood. Plans are underway for a colorful collaboration.

Young people helped to draw up a vision a the Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. The youth sketched up plans for a giant community mural in the Mitchell Street Neighborhood.

Students and community art leaders are brainstorming. They were invited by the Milwaukee Christian Centers Youth Program.

"We have different issues that we want to address in our neighborhoods but they are all similar. Issues like trash, gun violence, and segregation,"  said 16-year-old Jessica Baskerville.

Community muralist Tia Richardson has spearheaded several public art projects including "Sherman Park Rising," a giant mural commissioned after the Sherman Park Violence almost  years ago.

"It means something to people to be a part of something bigger than themselves," Richardson said. 

"Everyone can take away something from it that matters to them," she also said. 

Ultimately, the artwork will showcase the rich canvas and deep connections that make up Milwaukee.

"If you show the negative only, you get a negative outlook. If you show both the positive and the negative you give people hope," Baskerville said.