Not long ago I explored the campus of City College, looking for gargoyles or grotesques. (You can find that post here.) As I made my way from the campus back to the train, I stumbled on two special murals on 138th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Hamilton Place. The murals come from Creative Art Works, a nonprofit organization that engages young people through art. From what I understand from the Creative Art Works website, they hire youth age 14 to 24 to complete these public art mural projects, working under the supervision of a teaching artist.
The first mural, painted in 2016, was supervised by teaching artist Lunar New Year. The mural is titled “The More You Give, the More You Grow.” Here are photos showing some of this mural’s details.
The second mural on 138th Street is titled “Dreams of a Creative Revolution,” and it was created under the direction of teaching artist Maria Berrio in 2012. Two years later, the mural was restored by teaching artists Gera Lazano and Max Allbee’s crew. Here are some photos of some of the mural details. As you can see, it truly has a “dreamy” quality.
If you want to see these murals in person, the easiest way to get there is to take the subway. Take the 1 train to the 137th Street-City College station; the murals are only a short distance away. After you’re done viewing the murals, continue up the hill – the gargoyles are only about half a block away.