The arts program strengthens community unity and pride by bringing youth together to create and enjoy art. The program allows youth the opportunity to express themselves through art and develop their social skills.
Everyone plays a crucial role in the creation of the artworks, which are murals in public places that depict positive and uplifting images and messages. Youth work as a team and collaborate on the design and messaging of the art piece. The youth paint and socialize with their peers, volunteers and community members.
Additionally, by participating in the arts program, youth learn the importance of a clean and safe environment by helping in the beautification of the neighborhood. The youth help sweep and pick up litter around the art space and cover up any gang-related writing and symbols on the walls.
The U.N.IO.N. Art Committee is headed by Mr. Rafael López, a long-time artist and community advocate.
If you are interested in joining the arts program or volunteering with our organization click here for more information.