TEMA/ One Community Many Voices



Groundswell Community Mural Project ©

Acrylic on Wall
8 x 45 Ft

Lead Artist: Conor McGrady
Assistant Artists: Menshahat Ebron and Michelle Strasberg
Youth Artists: Sophia Dawson, Ebony Thurman, Annie Wu , Jan Min Wu, Steven Medina, Jorge Beltran, Nequevah Williams, Nylejah Lawson, Glenna Washington, Jesus Ticas, Arthur Spruill, Jonathan Hidalgo, Joshua Hidalgo, Krystal Yardon, Will Hyman, Chauncey Esada, Desiree Wannan
Volunteers & Interns: Clare Herron, Katherine Gressel, Ed Bopp, Dana Wilson, Sehu Amennun

Location: 501 Carleton at Atlantic Ave., Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Community Partner: New York City Housing Authority, Atlantic Terminal Community Center


Staff at Atlantic Terminal Community Center was impressed by the murals created by Groundswell’s TEMA (Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship) participants at Wyckoff Gardens.  Upon contacting Groundswell to create a mural for the center, youth participants enrolled in TEMA met with staff and residents to develop a theme for its design. At the initial community meeting it was decided to represent and celebrate the diversity of the immediate community. Images of bridges as symbols linking cultures were included in the design as were people in contemporary clothing and the traditional dress of the various African, Asian, Latino, Arab and Caribbean cultures that make up the community. Local landmarks permeate the design, including the Williamsburg Bank clock tower and Fort Green Park. Central to the design is the main building at Atlantic Terminal itself. The group began work on the mural in December 2005 and completed it at the end of February 2006.

Special thanks to the staff and residents at Atlantic Terminal Community Center for making this project possible.