Recording Our Own Thriving Stories:
EPA ROOTS Mural
Lead Artist: Sami See
Lead Youth Artists: Jailah Mitchell, Melanie Resendiz, Katerine Hernandez, Nayeli Hernandez, Lorena Brito and Jahkim Hendrix
Mural Assistants: Maya Fuji, Malaya Tuyay, Teresa Benson, Noelle Guarin, Reynaldo T. Novicio Jr, Diego Irrizary, Dominic Cheng, Andre Larrick, and Thavin Rajanakhan
Operations Director: Jewel Buchanan-Boone
Dimensions: 100’ x 13’
Location: East Palo Alto, CA
This mural was painted by Jailah Mitchell, Melanie Resendiz, Katerine Hernandez, Nayeli Hernandez, Lorena Brito and Jahkim Hendrix, led by muralist Sami See.In Fall 2019, these 6 youth artists gathered with muralist Sami See to reflect on their own personal stories and experiences growing up in East Palo Alto, California.
Questions posed in the design workshops were:
What supports you, your family and community to thrive?
What depends on you to thrive?
From the workshops led by Sami See, they created original designs that celebrate their personal perspectives of their past, present, and future that are unique and powerful. Uplifting their voices and allowing them to write and share their own thriving stories is a critical act of reclamation an allowing young people to shape the way that their art and perspectives impacts their community.
You can listen to the audio archive which includes stories of the artists, as well as other community members who reflect on their experiences, histories, and community in East Palo Alto. This is a living archive where continued storytelling is welcomed and celebrated.
Scroll down for photos of the final mural and process shots including the youth design workshops and to read the mural narrative.