My friend Katie Yamasaki, an incredible Brooklyn artist in Brooklyn, will have a mural dedication this week for a Kickstarter-funded project that connects incarcerated mothers with their children on the outside. The project, If Walls Could Talk, was developed in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence and the NYC Dept. of Corrections.
Children from the East Harlem Community and the greater NYC area worked to design a mural that I painted with the mothers inside of the women's jail in Rikers Island. The women also created an image and message dedicated to their children and the East Harlem community. Last month, I worked with their children and other members of the East Harlem community to bring their message to life.
Please join community members, families of the incarcerated mothers, local representatives, and supporters of the project dedicate If Walls Could Talk (pt 2) on Friday, 9/14.
Mural Dedication: If Walls Could Talk, Part 2
Friday, September 14
SE Corner of 118th Street and 1st Ave. (Side of Patsy's Pizzeria)
You can see photographs of the mural in its Kickstarter Updates
The following link is NY1's coverage of the project!
And the following is the Kickstarter campaign for the project: