Red Road to Mars

What: CITYarts is collaborating NASA to help combine art education and leadership skills for a much needed mural project at PS 328 for underserved youth in the East New York community. It began in June 2012, neighborhood youth has worked with professional artists to create a mural entitled Take the Red Road to Mars, representing their dreams for a better future.

Where: PS 328: Site of Mural Project. 330 Alabama Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

Who: Lead Artist: Pansum Cheng, with Middle school youth in PS 328, Summer Camp, Board of Education, Groundwork, Inc.


Why: To give youth a chance to imagine and create art, inspired by Mars! To empower youth to discover, learn new skills and gain confidence. As well as boost their attendance to school as well as their grades! To bring together youth and community members from East New York to work together to design and paint an image representing their dreams for the future. To learn about color, composition, and the technical components of painting. To uplift the often unheard voices of youth in underserved communities. To counteract the increasing art program cuts in New York City schools. To provide positive summer programming for students in a declining school. To promote peace through lasting relationships between participants and community.

When: January 2013- August 2013