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Artreach Orlando is thrilled to announce the completion of the community-based public art program - Arlington Arts Mural Project. Arlington Arts is a partnership between ArtReach Orlando and McRae Art Studios. The facility, located in Parramore, is a 10,000-square-foot building with studios for 23 working artists, space for exhibitions, and ArtReach Orlando's Community Classroom.
Since 2018, ArtReach Orlando's Community Classroom has provided visual art classes and camps for local youth to explore the creative process through inquiry-based learning, hands-on studio art experiences, and interactions with professional artists. The Arlington Arts Mural Project transformed the outside of the building, so that the exterior reflects the inspiring programs that occur within its walls. Our hope is that young people from around the community will see the mural and know there is a place where they will be celebrated and supported, a place where they can create, connect, and heal through the transformative process of art.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
ArtReach Orlando hired a team of local artists to collaborate with youth from the surrounding community to create the mural. Young artists from the community answered the question, "What do you love to create?” Their ideas and original artwork served as inspiration to the professional mural artists commissioned to bring the young artists’ vision to life. The youth participated in a series of workshops alongside the artists, who taught them how a mural is created from start to finish.
Maureen Hudas, a master mural artist, guided an all female team in the month-long endeavor. In order to celebrate the incredible talent from the local community, Maureen teamed up with two emerging Black artists, Delia Miller and Sabrina Dessalines. Along with centering youth's voices and perspectives, the project celebrates the talent of Black artists creating work with and for a historic Black neighborhood. The Arlington Arts Mural Project will culminate with an unveiling of the mural in a free community celebration which will include a fun-filled day of hands-on art activities and community-building for all ages.
The mural was brought to life by generous sponsors and partners of the project! THANK YOU!
Sabrina Dessalines is a freelance fine artist located in Orlando, FL. She mainly works with acrylics and oils. In her artwork she aims to capture the love and intimacy in loved ones and to highlight the beauty in black women. Her products include her original paintings, fine art prints, and phone cases. She also does commissioned work when available.
Maureen Hudas was born and raised in the Philadelphia area where she studied fine art at Moore College of Art and Design. She then obtained a BA in Interior Design from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Over the years Maureen has combined her love of fine art with interior design by designing and executing murals for both residential and commercial spaces. After moving to Central FL in the 90’s, she worked on a wide variety of Scenic Art projects for a number of the theme parks in the area. Currently, Maureen is trying to do more freelance work that involves community projects where she can mentor and share her knowledge with young aspiring artists.
You can learn more at her website, www.maureenhudas.com.
My name is Delia Miller and I’ve had a passion for art ever since I could remember. I was born and raised in Apopka, Florida and recently graduated from Apopka High School. This summer I had the chance to paint my first local mural and look forward to many more following. From canvases to 10-foot walls, I search for opportunities to impact those in my community and beyond through art and creating.
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