The alley off Filbert Street across from the Curtis Bay Recreation Center had long been identified as a “problem alley”–one that attracted illegal dumping and littering. However, members of the community wanted to change this to better represent the love, appreciation and admiration they have for where they live, work and play. With the help of Aquarium staff, they found the perfect way to do this–cleaning up the alley and creating a mural!
To get the ball rolling, members of the Aquarium’s conservation community engagement team connected with local organization Drink at the Well and community artist, Steve Bradley. Together, they held visioning workshops with the community to learn what was important to those who live in the area and how they wanted to tell their own story through the mural.
Sketches from these visioning workshops gave Bradley the inspiration for a general theme of the mural. Community members were able to get hands on and clean up the alley before helping paint open areas that Bradley incorporated into his design, such as colorful water puddles.
Themes of respect, love, faith and courage appeared prominently and proudly after painting was complete. Moving forward, the hope is that this mural and the beautification of the alley will discourage littering and illegal dumping, continuing to promote stewardship for the environment that this community believes in.
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Supplies for this effort were provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.