By Erica Wheeler-Dubin

Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) is a local, West Oakland nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate violence by offering creative and educational programs that transform the human spirit and build peaceful loving communities for all humanity.

AHC builds healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence. We provide platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families. Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts. AHC promotes the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.

For more than 25 years AHC has, with great success, provided access to the arts for schools that lack the resources. AHC’s award winning program, ArtEsteem, has served as a vital force in creatively galvanizing the resources to provide arts integrated curriculum with a focus on social justice and self-development. Since 1995, the ArtEsteem program has reached over 50,000 children, youth and families in over 57 at-risk schools and communities.

The Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project (OSH) is a crucial community development effort that will engage 105 youth as change agents in their community. This project aims to resolve issues that plague our city, create over 30 jobs, enhance our neighborhoods, and reduce blight.

Our mission with the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project is to cultivate, educate and engage youth in community issues and solutions through the power of public art. Through a variety of art mediums, the ArtEsteem curriculum invites youth participants to re-imagine themselves as superheroes who solve problems in their community.

“It’s great to be a part of this, I mean I can’t believe my art is going into a mural!” Betsy from Westlake Middle School’s Eagle Village After-school Program said.

OSH engages youth to be the conceptual designers of seven concrete canvasses. Each painting will capture the stories and super heroes that evolve from the youth. The depth of these characters and stories will expose the mindfulness that these Oakland youth have in diversity, ownership and responsibility in the community, values, environmentalism, importance of ancestry and family, support systems, and friendship.

Over the course of three years, AHC plans to raise enough funds to complete seven murals on 4,000 square foot walls below the Interstate 580 in West Oakland from San Pablo Ave. to Martin Luther King Jr. Way. These murals will serve as a gateway to West and Downtown Oakland and The Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project will become a key component of how this community is perceived.

Check out our links!

Oakland Super Hero Mural Project video for Mural 1: http://vimeo.com/62197783
ABC 7 News Coverage for Mural 2: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=9421437&pid=9421368
AHC website: http://ahc-oakland.org/
Mural website: http://www.oaklandmuralproject.com/

 

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