The mural imagery explores the theme of educational equity, including access to culturally relevant knowledge and training in the arts. Paid student apprentices designed and painted the mural under the guidance of Layqa Nuna Yawar during three weeks in July. Lead artists Layqa Nuna Yawar states,
“Educational Justice Will Guide Us Into the Future We Deserve is a mural that highlights how a just present guarantees a better and brighter future for our youth. The mural speaks of traditional forms of education given to us by nature and indigenous cultures as well as the western educational system as stepping stones to success and shows us how to make this trajectory just for all: by leveling the ground and lifting each other up within our communities as brother and sisters. Along with this message of renewal and growth, the mural reflects and celebrates Working Classroom’s mission of bridging Art, Education and Social Justice for the youth of the community.”
Gabrielle Uballez, Working Classroom alumna and Executive Director added,
“This project is a reflection of Working Classroom’s commitment to creating public art that thoughtfully provokes dialogue and authentically reflects our communities. For 29 years we have provided the highest quality training to our most ambitious but underserved youth – this project is no exception. These seven student apprentices had the opportunity to impact change, to pursue professional training and receive mentorship from a seasoned and socially conscious artist such as Layqa.”
This project is funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, The FUNd at The Albuquerque Community Foundation and The City of Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program in order to support artist residencies at our Youth Art Center in which professional artists collaborate with youth artists to co-create high quality, socially engaged and thought-provoking art.
Meet the artists
A public mural dedication was held at the mural’s site on the west wall of Working Classroom’s youth art center in the Barelas neighborhood on Friday July 28th, 2017.
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