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Transforming neighborhoods with public art


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker supports day of mural-making at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Hyattsville

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Photo by Wanda Jackson. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, center of back row, stands with the mural-making participants Saturday at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School. Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative through public art was designed to engage all aspects of the county’s government with the community to improve the quality of life for these communities.

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, center of back row, stands with the mural-making participants Saturday at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School. Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative through public art was designed to engage all aspects of the county’s government with the community to improve the quality of life for these communities.

Published on: Monday, June 10, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

Improving a neighborhood, school or community center with art is a sign of positive change.

That’s the premise behind Prince George’s County’s Art in Public Places program.

It was also the reason it was so important for County Executive Rushern Baker to be hands-on during a day of mural-making Saturday at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Hyattsville.

“I believe that art unites communities in a very unique way,” Baker said. “This mural will be a reflection of Langley

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Artist Tyree Brown, of Capitol Heights, (left) led the mural-making of her winning design.

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Artist Tyree Brown, of Capitol Heights, (left) led the mural-making of her winning design.

Park and will represent the people, events and places that give it character.

“Also, it will be a wonderful experience for the students of Langley Park-McCormick. They will have an opportunity to be a part of a great legacy of beauty that can be enjoyed for many years to come,” Baker said.

The “Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative Community Mural in a Day” project was coordinated by Art in Public Places in partnership with CBS Radio/EL ZOL 107.9 FM to raise awareness about the county executive’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.

Artist Tyree Brown, of Capitol Heights, proposed the design for the mural through a competition sponsored by EL ZOL and the Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union. The mural competition was open to artists in the Washington, D.C., area. Artists were required to submit an original mural design, and the winning artist was required to work with the community to create the mural.

“It is great to see one of our own provide her talents to help us transform the Langley Park community,” Baker said.

Upon completion, the mural will hang on the outside of Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School. Mural art panels will also be installed at the Boys and Girls Club, located a block away.

The day of mural-making engaged a broad group of participants, including students, Hyattsville residents and Prince George’s County government officials from public safety, education, economic development and health agencies.

In 2012, Prince George’s County Art in Public Places, CBS Radio and the Kentland/Palmer Park TNI community created a similar mural at William Paca Elementary School.

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