"Changing Hearts and Minds" Mural Project

HANA Residents and CODAC Come Together To Make Art

Last Fall, CODAC staff contacted HANA to see if our neighborhood would be interested in collaborating on a mural project aimed at bringing residents and CODAC staff and members together to learn more about one another, with the goal of increasing the understanding of the role that CODAC plays in our community and reducing the stigma associated with mental health disorders and addiction. To further that goal, CODAC representatives made a presentation at our September meeting and pledged to be more attentive to neighborhood concerns about the impact of their presence in our neighborhood.

The project is partly funded by a Kresge Foundation grant administered by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. Another local treatment center, The Haven, is providing for photographic and video documentation of the project. We are fortunate to have renowned Tucson artist and muralist David Tineo guiding the creation of the mural. Mr. Tineo has worked with many neighborhoods and community groups on murals throughout Tucson, and is committed to community activism and empowerment through art. He is particularly attuned to the problems of those with disabilities because he suffers from macular degeneration, which affects his vision. This necessitates that the work take place indoors, so the mural will be built in four foot square portable panels that will be able to be set up and displayed in various locations. Tentatively, the mural will make its debut alongside the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ at a dedication ceremony to be held this spring.

The preliminary workshops for the project started in mid-January and will run through the end of March. A small but dedicated group of participants are working in earnest on design concepts for each of the panels. The first workshop was an introductory session to explain the parameters of the project and introduce concepts of community building through art. (See the Workshop 1 Gallery).

At the second workshop, participants spent time getting to know one another, and discussed ideas about concepts relating to the "Changing Hearts and Minds" theme and what imagery was personally meaningful for each individual. The group was divided into small teams and given a homework assignment to come up with a design for one of the mural panels using the ideas and images that were most important to that particular team's members. (See the Workshop 2 Gallery).

At the third workshop, the teams were shuffled a bit and work continued on refining the concepts discussed the previous week. Teams made pencil sketches which were presented to the entire group at the end of the session. (See the Workshop 3 Gallery).

At the fourth workshop, the team participants refined their ideas further and did full color sketches for presentation to the entire group. Common themes and imagery were noted, and at the next session the work will focus on merging the individual panels into a more unified whole. (See the Workshop 4 Gallery).

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