Arts & Culture

Murals For Identity within Communities

Miami Light Project will work together with Alice Mizrachi, a visual artist and educator, and with community partners to establish a series of public art murals in the greater Miami community. Alice will work with youth and families to let them express their identity and to capture their personal stories through visual arts. The artist and students from local schools and social service groups will develop a total of five murals in a period of 12 months. In the process of making a mural, Alice will gather with a group of 10 to 15 students, who will be engaged throughout the whole process – designing and executing the mural. Each mural will take a 3-week time frame to be executed.

Who are you?

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a nonprofit cultural organization that presents live performances by dance, music & theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by local artists; and offers educational programs.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our community-based public art intended goals include: to explore our neighborhood identity with murals; to provide students with creative solutions to be engaged in schools; to promote respect, equity and ownership through public art: to develop a cultural platform for students in Miami to expand their peer network; to preserve Wynwood, Overtown and Little Haiti neighborhood history; and to provide an outlet through the arts for our community to grow and elevate their knowledge and skill set.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project gives Miami youth a new vehicle and approach to creating work that reflects genuine aspects of their lives while developing constructive and healthy ways to express themselves. By sharing art experience, we aim to facilitate youth enrollment in arts courses and impact Miami’s high school graduation rate. Our goal is to help build a more vibrant neighborhood where residents can be involved in the arts, build knowledge, share collective experience and maintain the community identity.

Please give examples of your project's success.

One of Alice Mizrachi’s successful projects includes working with SONYA and local high school students to develop a mural in the Bushwick community (Brooklyn, NY). The 4-week long project focused on sharing positive messages in their neighborhood, and creating the mural "Build Your Dream" (April 2014). Students felt that conveying positive messages would help build dreams. Alice has significant experience working with diverse communities, and her work emphasizes arts empowerment for everyone.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Light Project, Inc.



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