REACH and Cristo Rey staff and teen artists celebrate the completion of the Cristo Rey Community Center mural located at 1717 N High St. in Lansing, Michigan. The mural concept is inspired by Cristo Rey’s tree logo, with elements hanging from the tree representing the services offered within the Community Center - from providing emergency food, clothing, and personal need items to a health clinic and counselling services. The tree is growing out of a mossy stone handshake, which also supports two figures reaching for items hanging from the tree.
This project was completed during the Teen Open Studio winter term (January-March), which was funded by the City of Lansing, Capital Area United Way, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. TOS fosters teen and young adult leaders that are involved in our community through regular attendance by 25 teens and 10 guest artists each year. TOS has created 101 works of public art for 27 partners since 2010, and will continue to dedicate 40 weeks every year to CAPs. Creating public art in a mentored environment gives teens the opportunity to interact with local professionals, artists, volunteers and local leaders in ways that are accessible, centered on topics they are passionate about and leaves open avenues for future communication and collaboration. To see videos of our past projects, visit vimeo.com/reachstudioart.
REACH Studio Art Center is a nonprofit neighborhood space for arts education and civic engagement in REO Town. REACH programs are dedicated to mentoring at-risk youth, urban revitalization, and strengthening community. REACH connects artists with local residents, brings diverse individuals and groups together, and creates an atmosphere of shared pride and creative problem solving.
***The music in this video is by audionautix.