With all of the faces painted, the time has come to get started on the words. To simplify the process I'm sticking to painting with black ink.
Because all of the letters are a consistent height, I can even abandon the chair I'd been using and stand as I work.
The text says, " Mattapan is rich in history, culture, and beauty." After interviewing all of the youth, these ideas seemed to be the undercurrent of everything they were saying about Mattapan. Whether it be through things they saw as they walked around the neighborhood, information that elders had shared with them, or what they feel when they look in the mirror, their residency in Mattapan has a huge effect on how they navigate through the world. And that in itself is why youth need to be supported and nurtured.
More to come soon!