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Street Mural Project Paints a Positive Picture

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Some young artists are taking their talents to the streets and painting new murals celebrating history and culture.

The works are going up in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx as part of nonprofit Groundswell's Community Painting Day.

Some of the themes explored in the murals are chemical dependency, the environment, education, and unsung heroes.

"Just giving back to the community, just showing them that people have not given up on Brownsville, and if anything Brownsville is one of the best places to be in Brooklyn right now when it comes to the community and the togetherness of the people," said Groundswell Youth Artist Emmanuel Knight.

Around 140 young artists are producing the art projects this summer, including a wall near Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville that is part of a series of murals in the business district.

Mentors are guiding them through the process.

"I learn more than I teach I feel like, and I guess that's what you really want out of it," said Lead Artist Misha Tyutyunik.

"We're creating a whole series of murals around the hidden treasures of Brownsville. Such an amazing history, such an amazing present life here, and we really are excited about having young people bring those stories to the surface," said Groundswell Mural Executive Director Amy Sananman.

The new murals are expected to be completed over the next month, and officially unveiled at a dedication ceremony in September.

For more information, visit groundswellmural.org.

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