Groundswell, New York’s leading organization dedicated to community public art, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and New York City Council Public Housing Chair Ritchie Torres collaborated on a major one-year initiative entitled “Public Art / Public Housing.” The pieces were designed and installed by a total of 200 young adult NYCHA residents ages 16-24, in the transformation of vacant walls throughout public housing developments in all five boroughs. The tenant's association at each development guided the creation of three mural projects, for a total of 15 new public artworks throughout New York City.
The first mural at Stapleton Houses, “Stapleton: The Community As Home” is an homage to the history and current atmosphere at Stapleton Houses. The mural captures how the young artists, residents of Stapleton, value their home and express their creativity. The artist team sketched a vision for the future of Stapleton and its residents: vibrant, diverse, and strong. The mural displays themes of unity and strength through the implementation of the hand and muscular figure that occupy much of the mural. A motif of vines and flowers conveys growth and development. A tree holds the Stapleton community. “Stapleton: The Community As Home” captures the community’s pride and aspirations.
NY1 – Artists Unveil Mural at Stapleton Houses
SI Live – Stapleton Houses mural addresses NY Wheel, violence and more
Smithsonian – New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Murals
Observer – New City Program Brings Art by Public Housing’s Own Residents to its Walls
New York Times – Wielding Paint Brushes, Not Spray Cans, at a Bronx Housing Project
City Lab – Youth Artists Are Painting Gorgeous Murals Inside New York City Public Housing
Nonprofit Quarterly – Mural Project Gives Young NYC Artists a Venue for Public Voice