In celebration of Bronx Week, Bronx Community Solutions, in collaboration with TAT'S CRU INC, the New York City Police Department's Forty- Fourth Precinct, Forty- Sixth Precinct, Community Board Four, and Community Board 5 hosted our Second Project A.C.T. (Artist Coming Together).
The mural is a back drop to an ever changing area in the south west part of the Bronx. Sidney Flores, a community resident and partner to project ACT has taken this area of Morris Avenue as one of his major community transformation projects. He has not only worked on this Mural project but also helped to create the park that is adjacent to the Mural. Mr. Flores has lobbied for a traffic light on that intersection, added additional garbage cans on two of the four corners of that street and continuously patrols the neighborhood to ensure the area is safe.
Saturday's event was a success to all that showed up and participated; this was one of the only BCS events that occurred completely with community volunteers (no mandated clients). Our volunteers ranged from neighborhood junior high school students, Justice Corps members, the neighborhood bodega owner and Sidney Flores. They all spent the day painting, cleaning and enjoying the weather. Sidney talked with the students about "community responsibility" and "being the change you want to see"
Special thanks to the facilitators of the event, Moises, Ramon, Matthew, Omar, David and Michael the super crew supervisors! Not only did they identify the space for the Mural, they also collaborated with all municipal partners to insure garbage pick-up and painting occurred.
Written by: TK Singelton,
Community Initiatives Coordinator