A mural is being painted on the east wall of the Black Child and Family Institute
(BCFI) in Lansing to honor the past, present and future of the Genesee
Neighborhood. The lower portion of the wall is a collection of
silhouettes painted by the
BCFI fine art camp this summer. Local artists, volunteers and neighbors
have been working into the night to prime, paint and trace the rest of
“[Last Tuesday,] from 9:00 p.m. until about midnight
the design was traced onto the wall,” says Jeana-Dee Allen, community
building assistant at Northwest Initiative
“We used four extension cords, donated scaffolding, wax pencils, a
projector and laptop and a few cups of coffee. Tracing went smoothly
thanks to good weather and positive attitudes.”
sponsorship for this project is estimated at $10,000, including artists
stipends, supplies, materials and in-kind time and equipment.
project and the other youth murals I’ve been involved with are
important for the Lansing community because they not only create more
beauty in our city, but also because of how that beauty is created — by
involving youth and neighbors in the design and production and offering
mentoring and learning opportunities," says Jessica Yorko with the NWI.
is substantial evidence showing that connection to and involvement in
community projects and positive role models impacts how kids see
themselves in relation to other people, and therefore their ambitions
and decisions," she adds.
The project will hopefully be complete by the fall.
Source: Jeana-Dee Allen, Northwest Initiative
Writer: Suban Nur Cooley
All Photographs © Dave Trumpie