Los Muralistas de El Puente and the The People's History of Los Sures Mural at MS50-El Puente Community School. Photo by Osvaldo Budet
Los Muralistas de El Puente are painting a mural on the side of MS 50 about the People's History of Los Sures. The MS 50 El Puente Community School Mural Project is a result of a two year-long formalized partnership between MS 50 and its Community School partner, El Puente. The idea for the mural project grew out of the MS 50 El Puente Community School’s mission to promote youth leadership through academics, arts, athletics, and activism and to empower student voice by providing opportunities for students to engage in inquiry-based and project-based learning.
Los Muralistas de El Puente are an inter-generational artist collective serving the community of Los Sures (Williamsburg Brooklyn's Southside) since 1990. Under the leadership of teaching artist Joe Matunis, Los Muralistas have created more than 20 community murals, which have been documented in numerous books on public art and community voices. For two decades, Los Muralistas have depicted the challenges, victories, hopes and dreams of the Los Sures community through their powerful, thought provoking and artistically masterful public art work. In addition to community murals, Los Muralistas functions as the visual arts arm for all of El Puente's community events, such as the Annual Three Kings Day Celebration, political marches, and Integrated Arts Projects at the El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice.
All of the artists in Los Muralistas are also El Puente teaching artists and members of El Puente CADRE (Community Artists’ Development & Resource Exchange/Colectiva para Recursos y Desarollo de Artistas Comunitarios), a diverse artist network that serves as a platform for primarily Latino artists in Los Sures to network and collaborate on projects, create and facilitate strategies that will grow and sustain capacity to lead and contribute to the cultural community of Brooklyn.
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Segment of ¡Cultura Con Azúcar! mural, 2014
Una Cuenta de Los Sures II, 1992