Thursday, August 18, 2011

15 AFH Brockton Teens and Mentors Creatively Transform 100' Cinder Block Wall into a Masterpiece on Montello Street

The Sky's The Limit!!!
"It's about a kid fighting through obstacles through the city. As he goes through the concrete jungle, he finds others to join him and he realizes he doesn't have to leave Brockton to make a difference in the world. The Sky's the Limit." -Jeff Marseille, Brockton HS graduate, Mass Art Student and AFH Summer Program Mentor

These words come to life in the 8' X 100' mural at 891 Montello Street. The mural project was researched, conceived and created by 11 AFH Brockton teens and four AFH youth mentors under the direction of AFH Painting Studio Mentor and AFH Founder Rob Gibbs. TheBrockton youth were employed by AFH at the Brockton Teen Center as part of the AFH seven -week summer program. Funding was provided by the City of Brockton's Shannon Prevention Partnership and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office and management from the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board.
On August 16, Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, Susan McKenna from the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, State Representative Michael Brady and Advance Auto Parts store manager John Barrella were all at the mural site to meet the artists as they were putting on the final touches on their masterpiece.
" The partnership between the City and Artists For Humanity has been wonderful, said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti. "not only did our young people get to learn valuable skills like planning and teamwork, but they also played an active role in giving back to their community." I am proud to have such a meaningful piece of art in my city."

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