Installed September 2013
Albus Cavus in collaboration with Christina Young and Convergence
The dream of a mural at Convergence was initially raised by the young people of the Lab All Ages (LAA) program. The LAA functions as a mentorpship program with volunteers who host a bi-weekly open mic, music showcases, a sound studio and practice space for emerging bands and musicians.
At the time I was serving as Resident Artist at Convergence and was all interested in learning more about painting murals. So I ran with the idea and approached DC mural artists, Albus Cavus with a proposal to launch the project and secured a grant from the Duke Street Trinity Memorial Baptist Foundation.
The project began with a "town hall" style meeting of church members and Arts Initiative participants, LAA, studio artists, space users, neighbors etc. Everyone shared with one another and with the artists about their experiences, hopes, dreams and values as the Convergence community for what might happen in this space. The artists from Albus Cavus then took our ideas and translated them into a design which they painted with help from Convergence participants.
Once the designed was finalized Albus Cavus outlined the mural on the wall and several "painting parties" were scheduled where Convergence community members could come and fill in blocks of color. Later the artsits from Albus Cavus made finishing touches on the now completed mural.
The mural inhabits a large wall in a high traffic area on the Convergence campus and serves as a visual reminder of what Convergence means to all the different members of the community and as a point of meeting and conversation for individuals who might not connect otherwise.