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SHARING: Variety of groups stand behind mural

Bren Mural

UPDATED, June 1: Through a generous grant from the Arlington Cultural Council and the Arlington Center for the Arts,  the Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), an organization dedicated to providing services and support to the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning) youth, and Bren Bataclan will create a mural for the Housing Corporation of Arlington to display at the Arlington Food Pantry.

Join us for the public unveiling of this community-minded mural at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Arlington Food Pantry, 117 Broadway. The public is welcome.

Local artist Bren Bataclan, at left, who is known for his "Project Smile," a series of public-art installations encouraging people to smile at one another more often, and the gorgeous murals he has painted in several schools around the world, has held two workshops with LGBTQ+ youth to design the mural together.

The portable mural’s theme is "A Sharing Community" and was developed by the youth who attend a drop-in night every Friday at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Bataclan used the ideas and sketches that the youth created to make the layout for the final design. Elements of the design include a giant rainbow, happy carrots holding hands and pretzel love.

The themes of kindness, inclusion, recycling, farm to table, reducing waste and peer support animate this project. The final painting will be Friday, May 27, at the drop-in night at ACA from 6 to 9 p.m.

View Bataclan’s Project Smile here >> 

See his video blog "Beanie and Bren," which teaches painting techniques, here >>

Bruce Hoppe, an Arlington resident and musician, is one of the co-producers.


This announcement was published Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and updated June 1, to add information.

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