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BACK STORY:  

The BMe Community (BMe) launched the Next Narrative for Black America campaign aspiring to shift the discussion of racial equity from one based in denigrating distortions to one centered on the Black community’s assets and contributions to society. This is called “asset-framing.” The intent is to ELEVATE the Black Community’s strengths, BUILD skills and INCREASE community IMPACT. The historically Black neighborhood of Claysburg became a recognized annexation in 1948, started in the early nineteenth century as an enclave of free black residents on the northside of Jeffersonville and represents the single largest enclave of black residents near downtown. The neighborhood was named after abolitionist Cassius Clay*. Alongside Claysburg, the Soulful Nourishment project will promote asset-informed personas of Black People and Places.

 

Kofi Darku, Jeffersonville resident, father, working professional and Jeffersonville Public Art Commissioner is a recipient of one of ONLY 10 BMe Fellowships given in this region! Kofi will be leading local artists and the community groups through discussions, site identification(s) and design charrettes in an effort to create a series of murals throughout Jeffersonville, Indiana which champion the NEXT NARRATIVE campaign - focusing on the past, the present and the future. 

SCOPE:

The Jeffersonville Public Art Commission is supporting fellow commissioner and BMe recipient, Kofi Darku as he partners with the Claysburg Neighborhood, CASI (Community Action of Southern Indiana) and Garden Renaissance to assist in facilitating an outdoor mural leading to the newly forming community garden area located at the CASI building within the Claysburg Neighborhood in Jeffersonville, Indiana!  The mural will exemplify the spirit of the Claysburg Neighborhood through imagery generated by citizens of the neighborhood -> images of: growth (personal & gardening), nourishment (personal & gardening), positivity and vibrant colors! 

MURAL GOALS:

  • Creation of a visually appealing mural

  • Instill a sense of community, caring, healing, and hope 

  • Enhance the creative experience of the Claysburg neighborhood as well as guests & visitors to the location 

  • Provide a creative response to our place in history at this time that is thoughtful, elevates the strengths of our Black Community and is a vibrant & hopeful visual 

  • Serves as not only a catalyst, but a beacon of light radiating healing, hope and soulful nourishment to all that view the mural and partake in the harvest of the community garden 

MURAL LOCATION:

201 E. 15th Street #2935

Jeffersonville, IN 47130 

Former Springhill

Elementary School NOW CASI Building!

Outside - Northside, leading towards the community garden area

©2020  Jeffersonville Public Art Commission

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