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The Power of Art

BEAUTIFICATION WAY MURAL
COORDINATED BY THE CITY OF EVERETT
EPS LENDS A HELPING HAND

On Saturday October 3rd community partners, volunteers, local teachers and students joined Neighborways Design in collaboration with Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett to paint a 750-square-foot mural on Beautification Way. Neighborways Designs thanks Mayor DeMaria for funding this project and for presenting this opportunity to include more of the arts in Everett. Thank you to everyone who joined the effort — from residents of all ages, to Keverian School art teacher Caroline DiCicco, to eighth-grade students — who helped brighten this alley on Ferry Street, near Broadway. It was a beautiful day of community connections celebrating the diversity and unity of Everett.

The project began over a year ago visioning what was possible in the alley. It was thanks to Mayor DeMaria and his administration to bring in such a powerful tool for cultivating community. Working with the property managers for the shopping complex, eight magnolia trees were planted this past spring to bring more beauty and nature to the space. When the pandemic hit Neighborways pivoted from in person outreach strategies to online and digital efforts, as well as connecting with the Integral Arts Everett and Everett Public Schools. The objective was to solicit art themes and ideas from the community for how to create a more people friendly, beautiful space.

Working with Everett Public Schools Art Coordinator Amanda Gil and Everett High School art teacher Briana Pierce, Neighborways developed the overall structure, theme, color palette, and vision for the mural project. Tying in the mural of the past, brightly colored wisps of wind frame a bright peace sign that inspires and invites calm, peace, and movement through the alley. Local artists Sury Chavez, Liz LaManche, and Jessica Mortell also played key roles in laying out the design for the community to paint.