The principal at Burbank Middle School is always working hard to provide a great experience for the children in the community. Several months ago he met with Avenue and brought up the fact that the utility box in front of the school was constantly getting tagged with graffiti. He told us that he believed his students deserved a better panorama when coming to school. At that moment we started working hard to figure out a way to beautify the area near the middle school. UP Art Studio, a great partner who specializes in mini murals throughout Houston, worked with Avenue and the school to obtain permits from the different city entities in order to get the approval to beautify the utility box.
Avenue connected with the school and suggested that the children at the school design their new mini mural, so that they could feel pride and ownership of the new art. In a neighborhood where sidewalks are scarce and there is little color around, a new mural was likely to bring life, light, and joy for the kids. The artist selected for the job, Alex Arzu, met with the students at Burbank Middle and joined their art class to brainstorm ideas for the new mini mural. After months of planning, the mural was finalized at the end of July, just in time to greet the kids back to school!
Projects like these can seem small, a utility box with some flowers. But these kinds of efforts tell the community, and specially the kids, that they matter and that their art matters. A little piece of art in a corner of the neighborhood can make a group of children, and even a whole school, feeling important and invested in. We look forward to more opportunities where we can partner with schools and residents to continue to make the Northline a wonderful place for everyone!