Mural artists gather to launch Whiteaker street art despite vandalism

Six massive new murals will be added to the streets of the Whiteaker neighborhood throughout August. Organizers hope the giant artwork will encourage drivers to slow down when traveling through the neighborhood, promote vaccines for COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread and, most importantly, fill the highly artistic community with even more color.

“Murals bring people together and can create a remarkable sense of place,” said mural artist Barbara Counsil as her team began to outline their chalk work. “You can see there’s a community here that’s helping, everyone’s trying to be together.”

The project was made possible by a $75,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a nonprofit philanthropy that supports the CDC’s efforts. The nine artworks will be on the street at six intersections and two crosswalks in the neighborhood. All the tracks are by different artists and have a theme of vaccine confidence. The project is just the latest effort to continue the fight against COVID-19 by the Whiteaker Community Council, which has frequently hosted vaccine clinics, testing opportunities and launched a messaging campaign.

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