Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights teen mural is unveiled in Ypsilanti

This past Saturday, the teen group affiliated with the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) formally unveiled their mural at 410 West Michigan Avenue, on the side of Dos Hermanos Market. The mural, which was funded in part by a grant from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, was conceived of, designed and painted by young men and women from mixed immigration status families. According to one of the organizers, the mural contains various symbols intended to convey their “feelings, past experiences, and current struggles.” [The teens who created this mural were assisted by Costa Rican artist Alejandro Chinchilla.]

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[The above photos, taken during the November 7, 2015 unveiling, were taken by Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation trustee Johanna Epstein.]

Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation awards grant to Ypsilanti teen group for immigration mural project

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In March, 2015, the trustees of the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Melissa Stek, a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Michigan. Stek received the award on behalf of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights teen group with which she works. The money will fund a public mural, outside Ypsilanti’s Dos Hermanos market, on the subject of immigration.

An interview with Stek on the origins of the project, the timeline for completion, and the awesome young men and women behind the initiative, can be found here.

[If you have an awesome idea as to how you could make our community better with a $1,000 grant, apply to the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.]