Friday, January 9, 2009

MLK Day events combine service, art and community

Bayview's newest piece of community-generated public art is ready to be celebrated. Bayview neighbors and friends will be gathering for a "Day of Service" in honor of MLK Day, and then dedicating the "Bayview Is..." mural all on Monday, January 19th.

From 10am to 2pm, volunteers are welcome for light gardening and other community service in honor of Dr King. (Meet Quesada mural site on 1700 block of Quesada just west of Third.)

From 2pm to 3pm, the “Bayview Is…” mural (less than a block away at Newhall and Bridgeview) will be “unveiled." Meet Malik Seneferu and Heidi Hardin (the artists), share refreshments with neighbors and friends, and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

If you are in Bayview and standing on the hills along the Bay, look west to see something new near the familiar spire of All Hallows Church: strokes of bright colors that are part of Bayview’s newest piece of public art.

Hardin and Seneferu are artists and educators with deep roots in Bayview Hunters Point. Their organizations, Think Round, Inc. and the Safe Haven Program, are Bayview Footprints members.

The “Bayview Is…” Campaign is a community-generated and resident-led arts and communications campaign that has been developing a balanced story about the strengths of our neighborhood over time…like resident-contributed patches in an ever-expanding quilt. It is a project of the Bayview Footprints network and the Quesada Gardens Initiative.

We are grateful to the Zellerbach Family Foundation for funding for the "Bayview Is..." mural.

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