The unofficial NoHo motto is: “NoHo is only as great as its people.” This summer we are highlighting some of our awesome creative North Hollywood neighbors. However, this week we’ve got a double feature – a visual artist and an arts organization. Meet Sara Rose from Muralism.
Muralism is a NoHo Arts District-based arts nonprofit that “Connects people with special needs to the community through art.”
“We train and employ adults with special needs to create art and help beautify communities.”
They are dedicated to beautifying the city of Los Angeles while providing work experience to adults with special needs. How does it work? First, murals are designed by a local muralist. Second, a paint by number style drawing is prepared by a team of artists, which includes adults with special needs. Then, the community joins and fills in the color.
This is just another example of a creative team that makes NoHo awesome. We asked Sara and Muralism a few questions so you can get to know this group helping to beautify NoHo.
Sara, did you come up with the theme?
SC: I did! At Muralism we are always in need of and creating mural concepts. I was inspired to develop this concept after watching Amanda Gorman speak at the inauguration. Seeing and taking in her motivating words each day on a mural can only make your day better!
Why were you chosen to do the Amanda Gorman mural?
SC: Once we (Muralism) heard that the Tiny Home Community were looking for a mural for their site, we thought this image would be an uplifting and motivational piece for the residents to see each morning.
What’s coming up for you?
SC: I’m continuing to create and paint murals with Muralism and learning from the more experienced artists on the team. I hope to take on some smaller sized murals on my own some time soon! Also, I enjoy creating digital illustrations, I’ve recently focused on creating illustrations about mental health as a way to help me be more confident in discussing the subject. I also enjoy painting on shoes!
What do you like about the NoHo Arts District?
SC: I love how inviting and colorful the NoHo Arts District is!
What would you like to see more of in NoHo?
SC: I would like to see some more vegan restaurants 🙂
More from Muralism.
Why did you choose the artist Sara for the mural?
M: Sara is one of the many talented artists on our team. We chose to go with her art concept for this mural because of its inspiring message.
Who painted the mural and how did you select them?
M: Muralism hosted a community paint day where 30 community members and residents of the Tiny Home community helped paint the mural. The Muralism crew of seven artists came back clean up and put the final details on mural.
If you or anyone you know are interested in joining the Muralism team, please visit their website and send them an email!