Students and police join forces for 90th Precinct mural

The unveiling ceremony of the mural on the 90th Precinct brought out local leaders such as Council Member Antonio Reynoso (back row 2nd from mural’s right), Assemblyman Lentol (with flag) Dep. Bk Borough Pres. Diana Reyna (lower center right) District Leader Tommy Torres (right of Reyna), also in the photo is the captain of the 90th Precinct William J. Gardner on the far lower right.

Art brings people together. The idea to bring local youth and officers from Brooklyn’s 90th together to paint a mural together was guided by NYCTogether and recording artist Usher Raymond IV’s New Look Foundation. The purpose was, “to create and depict a shared vision of positive police-community relations.”

After five weeks of workshops and art programming that paired up the two groups a mutual artistic vision began to develop. Workshops directly addressed some touchy subjects on both sides, such as: gun violence, disproportionate minority contact with the judicial system, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

The mural can now be viewed as a backdrop wall to a community garden that is funded by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and the Citizens Committee of NYC. Among the collaborators and supporters of the mural project are: artists Elle Sauer and Anne Joyce, Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Brandi Barber & Anthony Katagas, Frances Perkins Academy, Williamsburg Pizza, Jimmy’s Diner, the Grand Street Boys Association, ConBody, and Brooklyn North Chief Jeffrey Maddrey.

Author: The Greenline

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