Care. No Matter What.

  • "Care. No Matter What." inspires visitors to Planned Parenthood of New York City with a message of essential health care for all women.
  • Pictured here, the mural in its early stages of fabrication at Groundswell's studio.
  • A talented youth artist adds detail to the emerging mural image.
  • Lead Artist Crystal Bruno moves forward the fabrication process.
  • The mural team prepares to unveil the mural in a joyful dedication ceremony.

Project Description

Court-involved youth participating in Groundswell’s Segue program partnered with artists Crystal Bruno and Jules Joseph, Groundswell youth leaders, and Planned Parenthood of New York City to complete a welcoming mural for the interior of PPNYC’s Executive Office on Bleecker Street in Manhattan.  During the design of the mural, Groundswell youth researched the reproductive justice issues at the heart of Planned Parenthood’s mission to provide essential health care, innovative programs, and effective advocacy to thousands of women, teens, and families in New York City. A brilliant mandala anchors the mural and provides the image a centerpiece to reflect upon and celebrate the ongoing work of Planned Parenthood. Near the outer layers of the circle are the silhouettes of city buildings symbolizing the work of PPNYC in providing citywide clinical care, education, and advocacy across the city. These three pillars of PPNYC are also highlighted in the surrounding circles which frame the main mandala. A pair of winged stethoscopes emerges from the center of the mandala as a symbol of care and guardianship, and a listening device to hear the needs and concerns of those in need of care.

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Project Info

Location: 26 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012

Fun Facts

Question about the Mural
Observe the mural carefully. What do you think the mural wants to convey about reproductive justice? What are the visual evidences to support your observation?
“Through this insightful and thought-provoking work of public art, the artists at Groundswell are drawing valuable attention to Planned Parenthood of NYC’s tireless advocacy for proper reproductive health services.” – Council Member Margaret Chin
Fun Fact
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.