The unique contributions of this project are:
high quality, enduring, and meaningful community murals that raise issues and consciousness regarding the environment
• improvement of the urban landscape
• educational preparation on these themes for a new generation of high school and college-age activist artists who will receive high school and college level academic units in the arts
income for environmental artist/activists from Berkeley’s Youth Works Program.
Most Recent Project
True Colors has created six public murals in Berkeley to date, with our sixth project recently finished for the new YMCA Teen Center, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Center Streets. The center, which is receiving financial support from PG&E, was designed with the help of a task force of teenagers. The True Colors team of muralists has worked closely with the teen leadership group, AMP, to create a design for the three-story, illuminated interior stairway that faces Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The Teen Center aims to provide the city’s 2,500 teens with help in the areas of academic achievement, employment, leadership development, environmental training and career planning. PG&E donated the 8,000 sq. ft former service center that, once renovated, will become the LEED-certified center.
The process shown here pictures classworking hard, and the progress of the mural. A grid was put up to transfer the drawing to the wall. Charcoal was used to draw the basic outlines and designs. These designs were then painted over with varnish to set the drawing. Because of this process, the designs transferred needed to be basic contour line drawings, because shading and texture work is completed with paint. This is why both the black and white and the color drawings are especially important — they act as a reference for the artists throughout the entire process. The class has now started painting the mural. Large chunks of color were filled in on Tuesday, March 22. On Thursday, the 24, students and participants began painting more detailed areas, beginning to shade and focus on smaller elements.