Terrence and other community members help paint the mural.
The Ruth-Bennett Community farm is a farm in the Ruth-Bennett Homes. This neighborhood is a housing project in Chester. The farm at first struggled with building community engagement, and the farmer at the time, Terrence Topping-Brown, believed that a beautification project would help resolve this issue. Having seen some of my drawings of honeybees, he asked if I could paint similar images on the sheds and on signs around the farm. Knowing that many of the local children love, I teamed up with another student, Juliana Gutierrez, to design a community mural program. We received money from the Pericles Fund and on the advice of Paul Downie, hired two incredible muralists from chester named Desire Grover and Angel Pabon. Together, we held a series of workshops in which the children and some parents brainstormed ideas for the mural and helped paint it. The resulting mural emphasized the interactions between plants, animals, soil, and children which occur in a garden. Thank you to everyone who helped organize this project. Here are some more pictures (warning- I'm not the best photographer.):