Future History Now mural projects are springing up throughout Annapolis

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One of ten murals, created in collaboration by Future History Now, local artists, and youth from underserved neighborhoods, gets placed over a boarded up window at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Photo by Future History Now
Future History Now is a non-profit organization committed to creating collaborative art projects with kids facing adversity in underserved communities. We teach problem-solving through the art-making process with guidance from our teacher artists; implement art projects that promote increased use of public spaces; provide opportunities for community members to learn the importance of collaboration; unite communities through art projects that promote city pride.
We completed two mural projects in April, and two more are coming up in the next couple of weeks. The public is invited to watch our teams at work at the upcoming sites and to visit the recently completed murals.

 

MLK Mural Project – To Be Created April 28

This is a concept rendering of the mural project described below. Photo by Future History Now.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Future History Now will work with members of the Black Wall Street Annapolis and youth from the Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens communities to create this mural honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at the Elizamae Robinson Community Center, Newtowne 20. This will kick off a series of pubic murals within Newtowne 20, Robinwood and Eastport Terrace communities, subsidized in part by the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis.

Pearl Bailey Mural Project – To be created May 5 and 6

This is a concept rendering of the upcoming Pearl Bailey Mural project, provided by Future History Now.

The following week-end, May 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, Future History Now will join guest artist George “Lassie” Belt and youth from the Stanton Community Center to create a public mural on the Whitmore Garage. It will depict Pearl Bailey, the well-known American actress and singer who once worked at the Dixie Hotel (no longer extant) of the Old Fourth Ward which once existed in this neighborhood. The garage is located at Clay and Calvert Streets in Annapolis.

Maritime Mural at Eastport Shell – Completed

The completed mural at Eastport Shell, and the artists who created it. Photo by Future History Now.

On April 8, Future History Now worked with featured local artist Charles Lawrance and kids from the local Box of Rain youth program to create this mural showing the treasures of the Chesapeake, from fish and birds to boating, paddle boarding and recreational activities.

Weird and Wonderful Painting Project at Maryland Hall

Artists worked with 40 youth to create 10 vibrant panels that now grace Maryland Hall. Photo by Future History Now

In one day, April 14, ten mural panels of fauna and flora went up to beautify the boarded up windows in the rear exterior of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This project was a collaboration of Future History Now with Laura Brino and Black Wall Street Annapolis, uniting 40 youth from Jovenes Artistas, Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens, Centro de Ayuda, Bates Middle School Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) program and Annapolis High School PVA program.

The artists of the Maryland Hall murals show their work in progress. Photo by Future History Now.
The finished product. Six of the ten murals to be placed on 10 by 12 foot windows at Maryland Hall. Photo by Future History Now.

Check them out, and watch the budding artists at work this Saturday, April 28 and next week-end, May 5 and 6.

Jeff Huntington is a painter who lives and works in Annapolis and who founded Future History Now with his wife, Julia Gibb.

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