The city wide Love Your Block program provides mini-grants to New York City resident-led groups to transform their neighborhood through a block beautification project while leveraging city services. Congratulations to Concourse House's Mothers Art Crew for winning their award and receiving their new plaque presented by NYC Services! Across multiple activation days, Mothers Art Crew hosted over 70 neighbors, volunteers and collaborators to renovate 3 crochet mural projects created with Serviam Seniors at Fordham Bedford Community Services and families at Concourse House, Home for Women and Their Children: Bosque Verde, The Blossom Tree, Let it Go and new installation, The Sunflower. Please come join us at 2751 Grand Concourse to enjoy these beautifully restored art works and meet the artists who created them at #artontheconcourse Thursday 9/28, 5PM-8PM! Thank you to every neighbor who helped out!
About Mothers Art Crew
Mothers Art Crew is made up of previously homeless women who have graduated from an artist-apprentice program whilst living in Concourse House, Home for Women & Their Children transitional housing shelter. The mother-artists are now mentoring current residents of Concourse House shelter and continuing their mission of creating public art in their neighborhood.
“Our art celebrates our team spirit. Our culture pulls up for each other. Our public art displays the many stories there are to tell among the members of our community. At Concourse House, our mothers face stigmas surrounding houselessness; our population often feels unheard, isolated and ignored. Building neighborhood connections and starting creative conversations outside of the shelter block by block through our public art has been transformative in fostering a sense of belonging and self-expression for our mothers. Our art follows the journeys of our mothers' transition from Concourse House shelter and shifts the narrative from individuals trying to get out to making a life of their own, helping each other emotionally, physically, and creatively. We celebrate our mothers who have become artist- apprentices, teachers, mentors and community leaders in the process of creating our neighborhood public art."
Quote by Mothers Art Crew, Love Your Block winners 2023.