Community Invited to Paint “Peacemakers Mural” at City’s Newest Park
2011-01-28 · By Editor
Residents invited to paint life size MLK, Bobby Kennedy, Mother Teresa and others; Garcia to offer remarks
Councilmember Robert Garcia, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency will host a “Community Paint Day” on Saturday, January 29th, from 10am-2pm, to complete the new “Peacemakers Mural,” at the City’s newest park, which Garcia has proposed naming “Seaside Park” after the hospital that long stood on the site, at Magnolia and 14th Street.
A short program with Councilmember Garcia, the Artist and community children will begin at 10:00am.
The mural, which will cover more than 3,000 square feet on the East and South walls of the park, was designed and created by local artist Jose Loza, who, along with Councilmember Garcia, has invited the community to help complete the piece.
“This mural presents such an important message,” said Councilmember Garcia, who was instrumental in designing and funding the new park. “Figures like Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King can serve as inspiration to the community, reminding us of the importance of respect, equality, and nonviolence.”
The park at 14th St. and Magnolia has a soccer field, open space, children’s play areas, walking paths and shade trees in a neighborhood historically lacking parks. This is part of Garcia’s revitalization initiative for 14th St. corridor and the Washington Middle School neighborhood. That revitalization includes the Michael K. Green Skatepark, one of the City’s largest, at Pine and 14th; new Habitat for Humanity homes; a new basketball court breaking ground this spring; and plans for a community garden, dog park, playground, soccer fields, and other improvements on 14th St. from Atlantic to Magnolia.
“This neighborhood is growing and transforming every day,” Garcia said. “With these new parks, new housing and this great public art, there are so many changes to be proud of in our community.”
The mural depicts the following leaders who supported nonviolent political movements for human rights:
Mohandas Gandhi, Indian National Independence and Spiritual Leader
Rosa Parks, American Civil Rights Leader
Nelson Mandela, South African Civil Rights Leader and President
Robert Kennedy, American Civil Rights Activist, Senator and Attorney General
Chuon Nath, Khmer Spiritual and Cultural Leader
Cesar Chavez, American (California) Labor Leader
Martin Luther King, American Civil Rights and Spiritual Leader
Mother Theresa, Indian Missionary and Spiritual Leader
Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual and Political Leader, Peace Activist
Dolores Huerta, American (California) Labor Leader
Harvey Milk, American (California) Gay Rights Leader/San Francisco Supervisor