URGENT, Inc.’s Historic Dorsey Park Mural Project inspired the Historic Overtown community to commemorate the Negro League Baseball by painting their history and preserving their legacy. Kadir Nelson, an award winning artist internationally recognized in institutions, art galleries and museums, serves as the lead mentoring artist on the project who wrote and illustrated his best selling book “We are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball.” Emily Gunter, director of building literacy through art and culture spear heads this commemorative project through innovation, growth and transformation of our history. Dr. J. Arenas-Chico and “Birmingham Sam” Brison, former Negro League Baseball players are among many of the former players who contributed to illustrating this rich history of Black America in the first half of the twentieth century. Local community mentoring artists have engaged the community for the past 3 years.
In 2014, URGENT, Inc’s FACE (Film, Arts & Culture, Coding & Entrepreneurship) internship program painted history and preserved it with a mobile app, Dorsey Detector is available to download on iPhone and Android. More information can be found at: dorseydetector.com, a website developed by the FACE interns. The coding interns developed a mobile app that provides an opportunity to experience Overtown with a self-guided tour of Historic Dorsey Park. The app allows users to scan mural images from Dorsey Park to learn more about the history of Negro League Baseball in South Florida.
URGENT, Inc. integrates literacy, learning, arts and culture in all its programs. We collaborate with professional artists to mentor youth in celebrating the legacy of Negro League baseball through historic preservation of Dorsey Park. Furthermore, we empower our facilitators to use arts and culture as enrichment to celebrate and leverage student learning and achievement.
Supporters of this project include: All Aboard Florida, Branches, City of Miami, City of Miami Parks & Recreation, Ethel and George Kennedy Foundation, Experian, Home Depot, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Macy’s, Marlins Ayudans, National Endowment of the Arts, Public Allies, Punting’s Pizza, Shape Club, South East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, Starbucks, The Links Inc. Greater Miami Chapter, Unite 4 Good, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. Mentoring artists include: Candice Anderson, Grace Bio, Shari Campbell, Lee Damus, Chiva S. Davis, Jessica Diesel, Alex Douyon, Caridad Gutierrez, Michael Hill, Derek Jackson, Adria Llerena, T. Elliot Mansa, MLK Project, Ingrid Maturin, Robert McKnight, Adrian Mora, Colliysha Modest, Kadir Nelson, Javier Perez, Rodney Royal, Wolfgang Senates, Alejandra Suarez, Mikhail Solomon and Martha Welter.