The Mural Project

The inspiration for The Mural Project came from high school student Madina Zermeño.

Madina was involved in several emerging PeaceMaker programs at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, such as the annual WorldLink Youth Town Meetings. Through these opportunities, Madina began to see divisions in her community and set about making a positive impact by forming a small team of her peers that could create a significant difference.

Youth are often overwhelmed by the many aspects of their lives - balancing between schoolwork, family and home life, social circles, jobs, and so on. Madina's team wanted to foster a space where people of all backgrounds can come together and feel welcomed and reminded that they have the power to create change for whatever they are passionate about. An ideal safe space would inspire people through quotes, poems, and murals to promote empowerment and engagement. The idea was then shifted to a mural project where the elements and concepts from the safe space would be incorporated into this new initiative.

"Madina's team wanted to foster a space where people of all backgrounds can come together and feel welcomed and reminded that they have the power create change for whatever they are passionate about."

"Every so often you meet someone and moments into the conversation you know they will achieve great things, and by the end of the conversation you are looking for any way to partner with them. I have had the pleasure of partnering with Madina and experiencing her passion, drive, and humility for positive change. Madina is collaborating with local organizations in order to create a participatory community event where artists and residents will come together to beautify an unsightly fence around a new community safe space in City Heights. Madina has reminded me of the potential in our youth and the powerful future leaders they will become, aimed at challenging the status quo and never forgetting their struggles." 
- Carlos McCray, Co-founder and CEO of the Dojo Cafe 

With the help of the Kroc IPJ and the Social Fabric Initiative, "The Mural Project" is now underway. In collaboration with the Dojo Cafe and Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission, "The Mural Project" will be constructing two spaces in San Diego where people will feel inspired by art and positive messaging. The two murals are expected to launch in the Spring of 2018. Below is an initial draft of one of them:

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