Boston Community Leadership Academy Mural: A Project by the Mayor’s Mural Crew

Boston Community Leadership Academy Mural: A Project by the Mayor’s Mural Crew


I think that it’s good. Yeah it’s beautiful… We can remember the moment. I think what makes us unique is our
diverse population. Our autistic students, our PATH students, our ESL students, our
special ed students, our regular ed students, our students look like the
demographics of the City and we’re preparing them for the future. They were my first friends. They came right over, and parked themselves right next to the
wall, and started to ask a lot of questions and see what was going on. And I noticed that their lunch was only oranges. And they are the best in
the world for peeling an orange. Because they are from… Where are you from? DR Dominican Republic, and in the DR you
have to use a knife to get the skin off. And so they were doing that and they had
given me an orange and then they peeled me one. The first time when I saw my picture right here, I said “Oh my God.” I couldn’t believe it. Our students, many of them suffer a lot of trauma. And they’re not comfortable talking with everybody about what’s going on. And art just allows them a moment to express what’s going on inside of them without judgment. We need that. We need that.

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