With the support of NYC Council Member Jumanne Williams through the Department of Cultural Affairs' Cultural Afterschool Adventures program, twelve PS/IS109 students worked with two Groundswell artists to create a series of anti-violence mural panels for the LIRR Underpass near their school in East Flatbush. The students researched, designed, and fabricated the mural panels over the course of sixteen afterschool sessions.
The imagery in the eight panels addresses the causes and effects of violence in our communities, portrayed as a spectrum with violence at one end and the counter-balances to violence at the opposite end. Three of the panels feature the components of a healthy community, including creativity, nature and green space, and a nurturing family, and three panels at the opposite end of that spectrum portray violence and crime, innocent victims of gun violence, and the shattered homes that result.
The panels were unveiled at a public ceremony attended by PS/IS 109 students and staff, participants' families, community members, and Council Member Williams.