Liberty City is about to get a facelift, and you can be a part of the operation.
An historical mural is set to grace the bus stop at NW 22nd Ave. and 56th St. Designed by Bernisha Fleurinor, a senior student in the medical magnet at Miami Northwestern Senior High, the mural was chosen as one of many submissions in a recent student-body contest and will be painted by local youths and community members Saturday, April 26.
The event is thanks in part to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project. What's even better? Student participants can use the day to earn community service hours, something every kid needs if they hope to earn Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.
"I am so very proud of the young people who are working on the MLK Mural Project," Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson said in a press release. "They are contributing their talent, their love of art, and their hard work, and I am grateful for their participation. The mural will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and will help us remember that if we are strong and united we can accomplish much to make our community a more vibrant place to live."
Students who come out and participate will also benefit from an educational stipend, plus the pride that comes with seeing your contribution to your community every day, in living color.
"Real art empowers people and evokes thought, these young people are our future, them expressing their thoughts and inspirations is the voice of future," Kyle Holbrook, CEO of MLK Project said in a press release. "Public art has been a powerful tool essential to a strong community since community started."
Why should Wynwood have all the fun? The mural painting day is free and open to the public. All students are encouraged to come make a difference, have some fun, and earn some educational rewards. The painting kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs all day to 4 p.m. Call 305-634-3628 or visit miamihabitat.org.