HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL MINORITY ARTISTS
Through a diversity of funding sources and partners, Mt. Pleasant NOW will implement five art murals designed by local minority artists.
“Murals build a sense of community, muralist Grace McCammond told St. Louis Public Radio...they make it welcoming and walkable and they make you want to go there....The Grove [In St. Louis] was known as a place most people avoided, but now it’s known as a local hotspot.” (https://opticosdesign.com/blog/the-power-of-public-art-murals/)
Mt. Pleasant Asomdee Arts consists of three art murals that will be installed inside the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Services Center. Asomdwee means "peace" in Asante Twi and Akan. Asante, are an ethnic group native to the Ashanti Region of modern-day Ghana.
The artists are Jerome T. White, Philicia Allen, and Kevin "Mr. Soul" Harp.
Mr. White and Ms. Allen's murals are made possible by funding through the Minority Arts and Education Fund-Cleveland Foundation. Mr. Soul's art mural is made possible by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture-Learning Lab. Mt. Pleasant NOW will launch the art murals for public viewing as early as August 2019. STAY TUNED!
The Urban Quilt Mural will be installed on the exterior of the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Services Center (west elevation); or a commercial building on Kinsman Road. Artist Dawn Mayes will conduct classes weekly on Saturdays from May thru August 2019 with youth. Youth will paint artwork related to the fictional city of Wakanda from the Black Panther movie. Youth will also be educated about the real tribes of Africa. Ms. Dawn will take each art work designed by community youth and form an Urban Quilt mural. This project is funded by the Minority Arts and Education Fund-Cleveland Foundation.
Please contact Mt. Pleasant NOW at (216) 346-7234 to register your child.
Artist Derin Fletcher is working with LANDStudio to install a beautiful mural on the east elevation of the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Services Center.
Each mural will depict the rich history of the Mt. Pleasant community, the colorful vibrations of African heritage, visions of hope, peace, and stability for the present and future of Mt. Pleasant