PERTH AMBOY – A celebration of the intergenerational of women and their ancestral line as well as the city’s diversity and culture is on display along Smith Street as part of a new mural in the downtown shopping district.
The mural, called Generations of Hope, She Is Within Me is a colorful piece created by Perth Amboy-based artist Julisa M. Mugica that was unveiled Thursday at 272 Smith St. in a ceremony featuring the artist, community partners, residents and city officials. The Perth Amboy Arts Council recommended Mugica to the City Council for the mural project.
The mural, located on property owned by Alameda Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, measures 16 feet by 70 feet, which makes it highly visible to pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic in the city’s downtown shopping district.
The mural, which covers nearly 1,100 square feet, is Mugica’s largest painting.
“As a female artist, I wanted this design to represent the strength within women,” Mugica said. “This piece was possible with the support of Solanyi Pena, another influential female artist in our city, for working together on this mural piece.”
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The mural project is an initiative led by Mayor Helmin J. Caba, funded by the Perth Amboy Neighborhood Preservation Program and Perth Amboy Business Improvement District (BID) and supported by the Arts Council, to bring high artistic quality public art to the downtown area.
The mural is designed to beautify downtown Perth Amboy, and to revitalize the arts and cultural identity while encouraging economic development by creating inspiring spaces that make the downtown district an area for residents and visitors to shop, dine, work, live, and connect.
“This mural celebrates our diverse community, displays hope, and helps memorialize the history impacted by women,” Caba said about the new artistic landmark.
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“Art and public murals not only tell a community’s story but are economic drivers for urban cities,” said Tashilee Vazquez, director of the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). “It attracts tourism, increases foot traffic, inspires change, and increases citizen engagement.”
This is the second mural project to be completed due to the partnership forged between the BID and OECD through local and state funds, which were leveraged to maximize the investment in the downtown area, according to Noelia Colon, BID executive director.
“For over 25 years, the BID has supported business and economic development by providing resources for the success of our business owners by investing in capital, promotional, and beautification projects,” Colon said.
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