Colonia Guadalupe Gets New Mural
By Robin Loving Rowland
Colonia Guadalupe, officially named by the municipality as San Miguel’s arts district, became the proud recipient of yet another free mural in February, thanks to visiting artist Jennifer Levine, whose Peace Garden Project connects people and places through art and music. Titled Jardín de la Paz, or Garden of Peace, the mural is located at Mario Talavera 2 at the corner of Calzada de la Aurora. The artists connected with neighborhood children from The Niñají Comic Club, founded by illustrator Isis Rodriguez, to create the mural’s flowers.
“Scott and I were drawn to Guadalupe resident Colleen Sorenson’s exciting movement to bring international artists together to create murals in Colonial Guadalupe, and working with the local children was the heart of the project!” said Levine, an artist/educator from New Jersey who works with creative partner Scott Massarsky. “We’re grateful that owner Jean Jacobson allowed us to do this and encouraged us. She had asked Colleen for a whimsical muralist, which is how our style is always described. In New Jersey, Scott and I work with more than 100 students a week, introducing mindfulness meditation. Up through the silence and calm come images of peace that Scott turns into song. We teach the students the song and then turn the song into a mural. The process is quite a unique and powerful experience for students and teachers alike. Participants feel safe and nurtured, and together create artwork that is absolutely breathtaking,” said Levine.
The artists are planning another trip to SMA this summer. If you would like them to create a mural in your area, please contact Levine at Jennifermeglevine@gmail.com. To learn more about the artist’s mural projects, see www.peacegardenproject.com.
To learn more about the Niñají Comic Club, founded to work with Mexican children who live in Colonia Guadalupe who have a passion for arts, culture, and education, see
www.facebook.com/ninajicomic. The club meets once a month to create fun and educational activities at Calle Antonio Plaza 21A, Colonia Guadalupe.