Mural connects communities to art

Photo by Kim Ritzenthaler Leeson

Artists, including Juliette Fowler residents and staff as well as individuals from Arlington and San Antonio, gathered on Wednesday, March 29 at Juliette Fowler Communities in East Dallas for the unveiling of the 2023 Southwest Region Mural, a project of Mural Mosaics Global Roots Project, “America Connects.” The mural, now on display for the community to see at 1234 Abrams Rd., consists of individual tiles of artwork placed in the shape of a tree. The unique tiles were painted by 1,500 artists from across the Southwest, including 50 residents and staff of Juliette Fowler Communities. A QR code on the bottom right of the mural links to a list of each artist’s name and city. Juliette Fowler Communities was chosen as the 2023 mural site because of its focus on community and connection as well as art and creativity. Participants in this project include Fowler’s Grandfriends group — youth and older adults who gather monthly to learn, create and relate, bringing the ages together and reducing the stigma of ageism. — Elizabeth Lenart