Baltimore Resettlement Center Mural

June 2011 (Jessica Wyatt, Moira Fratantuono, Kursten Pickup)

Over the course of five days, community artists Jessica Wyatt, Moira Fratantuono, and Kursten Pickup facilitated a week-long intensive mural-making workshop with high school students. Students learned about the basics of mural painting, including composition, color palettes, paint mixing and symbolism. Based on conversations and lessons, youth created a three-panel mural that tells the story of their common experience being uprooted from home, struggling with the challenges of integration, and ultimately being successful in their new lives in America. The mural is on the Conkling Street side of the Baltimore Resettlement Center, which houses RYP as well as the International Rescue Committee and Lutheran Social Services. The building is a familiar, inviting, and safe space for all new refugees coming to Baltimore. This project was funded by a grant from the Office of Community Engagement at MICA.

View the stop action movie here.