Artist bringing BLM mural to life in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Work just started on a Black Lives Mural in New Haven. It’s the first of two that will be completed over the next month.

The first one is the brainchild of artist Kwadwo Adae and Black Lives Matter New Haven. Adae is based in New Haven and has painted other murals at Yale, around the Elm City, and really, around the world.

His latest work will commemorate the Black Lives Matter movement and will be 22 ft. by 277 ft. at the corner of Bassett and Watson in the Newhallville section of town.

“So, we really wanted a renaissance of what the neighborhood represented, which was graffiti, which was hip hop, so he wanted to bring out that element,” said Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven, Adriane Jefferson. “It’s in the neighborhoods. It’s not downtown. It’s not right in front of city hall. It’s specifically for the community. So, I think that’s why it was time, right? It’s a time to bring the community together to not just make a statement that Black lives matter, but really encourage black joy.”

Rendering of Black Lives Matter mural that is being painted on the corner of Bassett and Watson in New Haven.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the city closed down this section of the street for 12 hours, while volunteers painted to the job done.

Plus, there were vendors, open mic performances and the mayor made some remarks.

If you want to check out the Newhallville mural, here’s a schedule of the events:

  • 8 a.m. – Painting and tabling activities begin.
  • 10 a.m. – Vendor booths open.
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Open mic performances.
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m. – Painting and tabling activities continued.
  • 5:30-6 p.m. – Closing remarks by local dignitaries and Mayor Justin Elicker.

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter New Haven Ala Ochumare, tells News 8 the community mural and events surrounding the painting were organized by BLMNH in collaboration with the City of New Haven.

There are plans for a series of murals in downtown New Haven. The next to be at Temple and Orange in two weeks. They do not have a rendering of what that mural will look like just yet.

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