Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mural Restoration in Betsy Head Park!

Across the country, July 16-21, 2012 is "Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week" (more information here), including in New York City. You can see the Mayor's Proclamation, officially making it so, here.

Yesterday, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the New York City Department of Probation held community engagement and benefit activities across the five boroughs as part of Probation Week.  Here in Brooklyn we partnered with the Brownsville NeON, the Center For Community Alternative's East New York Justice Community Program, Ralph "TATU XMEN" Perez, of Xmental and the Paint Straight program (read about it here, here, and here), and the NYC Parks Department to rehabilitate a mural in Betsy Head Park.

Betsy Head Park is a large, centrally located recreation area for the entire Brownsville community with basketball courts, athletic fields, and a pool, where our Justice Community program has done several prior cleanup, maintainance and horticultural projects. The goal of this project was to repaint the existing, original mural design, covering a wall several hundred feet long, which had become badly deteriorated over many years since it was originally installed.

Despite the intense heat the day of the event, almost 100 people, including probation staff and probationers, friends and family, Justice Community program participants and staff, staff from the Brownsville Youth Court, artists from Xmental, and participants from the Paint Staight program, all came out to work on the project.  Thanks to all who participated in making the event a success.

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