Statement of Love Wins Community Arts Grant

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Funds used for Downtown Davis mural project starting this May

(From Press Release) – Statement of Love, an organization created by Kate Mellon-Anibaba based on creating inclusivity, has received a Community Arts Grant. They will start production of their Downtown Davis mural and mosaic project this May, beginning with a series of community engagement tile painting events. The mural and mosaic will be led by local artists and mother/daughter team Sarah and Toni Rizzo. Toni will be painting the mural at the Odd Fellows building and it will include themes of community organizing, LGBTQ acceptance, woman’s rights, social justice and freedom of religion. Surrounding the mural will be a mosaic made up of heart tiles painted by community members in a series of public art engagement events led by Sarah. Statement of Love will provide art materials for these events and will ask participants to explore what inclusion, community, support and speaking up mean to them in Davis.

The concept of this project has been in development since January. Kate, Toni and a panel of experts in social justice education, gender studies, intersectional feminism, and community organizing came together to develop the content for this mural. They have dedicated their emotional labor and varied perspectives to help Statement of Love develop a true representation of the various diverse intersections of the Davis community through artistic expression.

This project aims to bring together youth, students, community leaders, activists and residents of various backgrounds. The goal is to support and love one another while unpacking what it means to get outside of the “Davis bubble” while simultaneously supporting those that are most marginalized in this community.

Tile painting community engagement Event Dates will be held:

  • May 23rd and May 30th by the Central Park carousel picnic tables from 4:30 to 8pm.
  • For more information and details about the project and the events you can find Statement of Love on Facebook

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