Gulfton community new murals

New murals in Gulfton community – Image Courtesy – Big Oak Tree Media

July 22 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Gulfton Community. It celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Gulfton community new murals titled “Together We Play” and “All Hands In”.

The murals are part of the Gulfton Story Trail, which forms a collection of community-based murals that narrates the story of the Gulfton people by highlighting their diversity. The murals of the Gulfton Story Trail have been created by local artists. They’ve been inspired by poetry and recommendations from the Gulfton-area community members.

Speakers at the event included Council Member Edward Pollard, CHAT Executive Director Dr. Aisha Siddiqui, and Amer Kumar, Vice President of Ashford Communities, and artists Amy Malkan and Thaddaeus Arvie. The event was held at the sports courtyard of Ashford Crescent Oaks Apartments (6711 Hornwood, Houston, TX 77074).

About Together We Play and All Hands In – The New Murals in the Gulfton Community 

Together We Play was created by Malkan after being inspired by the sports themes to complement the mural’s location near the neighboring courtyard. On the other hand, All Hands In is part of the beautification project for the sports courtyard and will be done by Arvie. The murals were created together with CHAT students.

Malkan said, “This mural project is special because it is the children’s design, and they are the ones who painted it, so overall it is their mural while I facilitated the experience.” “This mural is more than just about the arts, it is to inspire these kids to dream big and not allow their circumstance or situation to pre-determine their success. I really enjoyed working with everyone!”

Arvie said, “As we continue to grow as a melting pot, learning from one another despite our differences is key to a better future. This very logic is what makes a successful organization in team sports, like basketball and soccer. Before each game, the entire team physically puts all of their hands together in congregation. This gesture symbolizes unity and provides spiritual momentum for the upcoming challenge”.

New Culturally Representative Murals Unveiled in Gulfton Community

Image Courtesy – Big Oak Tree Media

Funding for the Gulfton murals

The murals were funded by a grant from LISC Houston and a donation from 1st Choice Accident & Injury. H-E-B and Sweets by Belen donated refreshments for the ceremony. Council Member Edward Pollard received special thanks for his support of the project.

About CHAT

CHAT stands for Culture of Health Advancing Together (CHAT). It is a nonprofit organization that works toward the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee communities through education, advocacy, access to care, and arts. CHAT provides services that include summer camps, after-school tutoring, classes for English as a second language, health fairs, computer literacy programs, and many others. To know more about CHAT, click here.

 

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