Martin Luther King Mural Project with RiseUp for Arts

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THE PROJECT:

Help bring Dr. King's message of racial equity and inclusivity to Hamden on a large scale by donating to Hamden's MLK Mural project as part of the RiseUP for Arts MLK39 Racial Equity Mural Tour - a state-wide, public-art initiative to paint 39 MLK murals throughout Connecticut. As part of the tour, the Hamden Public Library has been selected as a recipient of one of these murals. 

(Learn more about the overall MLK39 project here: https://www.theriseupgroup.org/mlk39)

This mural project is a collaboration between the Town of Hamden, Hamden Arts and Culture, and several local organizations, and will be painted by mural artist Emida Roller - with the help of local artists and community participants. Emida has created colorful, large-scale murals throughout the US. View examples of Emida's work here: https://www.emidaroller.com/murals

Read Emida's interview about her involvement as an artist in other MLK Mural projects throughout Connecticut: https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/ct-murals-celebrates-mlk-jr-s-life-with-39-murals-across-state/?fbclid=IwAR2AjKt8Dsd_cJn_85RzSKni5ScbJIk8BdR9ihiUXW4fXkW0zNAoPFqEaoQ

Community paint days, in which the community will be invited to participate in the painting of the mural, will be scheduled soon.

DR. KING'S DIRECT TIES TO HAMDEN: 

Dr. King shared his message directly with the Hamden community when he visited Congregation Miskhan Isreal in the early 60's. More info about his historical event to come. 


VOICE YOUR OPINION: 

To suggest other important, hamden-based / non hamden-based social justice figures you believe should be included in the mural, please fill out this community input survey below:

Hamden MLK Mural Community Input Survey 

WAYS TO DONATE:

  1. Donate directly to the RiseUP for Arts GoFundMe Project Link: 
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/hamdens-mlk39-diversity-and-equity-mural
    • Be sure to type $0.00 in the bottom "tip" section where it asks to give a tip to GoFundMe if you do not want to tip the GoFundMe corporation - any tips added in this section go directly to the GoFundMe corporation and not to the mural project
    • All donations go straight to the RiseUp for Arts organization. RiseUp for Arts manages all donation accounts independently of the Town of Hamden. 
  2. Write and mail a check: 
    • Personal checks can be made out to:  
      The RiseUP Group Inc. 
      942 Main St. Hartford, CT 06103
    • (Be sure to add "Hamden MLK Mural" on the check description line)
  3. Become a Public Sponsor
    • To become a public sponsor, please review the sponsor levels and benefits below and email RiseUP for Arts Director Matt Conway at: matt.conway@theriseupgroup.org
    • Support this project as a public sponsor. View all levels and benefits of public sponsorship of the MLK Mural project as organized and carried out by the RiseUp for Arts organization here:  
    • Hamden MLK Mural Sponsorship Benefits

All money raised through the GoFundMe link goes directly to the RiseUP for Arts non-profit organization to fund this project (RiseUP manages all donation accounts independently from the Town of Hamden).