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Sept. 22 2010 12:00 AM

Public invited to help paint a mural at the Black Child and Family Institute


    Capturing
    the history of a neighborhood in art is no easy feat, but Lansing’s Genesee
    neighborhood is trying: Members of the Genesee neighborhood (on Lansing’s
    west side) will be painting a mural on the east wall of Black Child and Family
    Institute at 835 W. Genesee.

    The
    public is invited to help out from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 and from 3 to
    5 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28.


    The
    lower portion of the wall already features a collection of silhouettes designed
    by Erika Magers that was painted by participants in the BCFI Fine Arts Camp this past summer.
    The colorful silhouettes sparked a discussion within the neighborhood about augmenting the artwork.


    The
    original design by Brian Whitfield and Joy Baldwin was created after a meeting
    with Genesee residents about what they wanted to see on the mural. The focus of
    the design is to celebrate the history of the neighborhood, and celebrate its
    progression from forest to farmland and then eventually to commercial use.


    The
    wall has been primed and the design has been traced on the wall. A group of six
    artists is spearheading the task of painting of the mural, but they are still
    looking for more help from the surrounding community.


    “We
    really want more people in the community to come out and help,” said Jessica
    Yorko, one of the mural’s organizers. “It’s a chance for them to make their
    mark.”