Where is there a mural to look at?
Our first mural is at Palm Lane and 36th Street in Phoenix, AZ
Who do I contact if I am interested in doing a group project?
Please contact us at (602) 510-3064 or (623) 670-8078, write us at the
address on this newsletter, visit us at our website at:
www.breakingupwalls.org, or you can always reach us at our email:
Who is eligible to paint on the wall?
Everyone is welcome to participate. We are searching out groups who want to
stretch themselves and to blend ideas on the project.
Why would this be a good project for my classroom or group?
The length and size of a unity wall enables a classroom to become involved
in the whole process from conception to finished project. Any group benefits
from joining together on a painting of this size.
Who benefits from doing a unity wall?
Everyone can visually enjoy the finished wall. All the participants leave
with a true sense of harmony and achievement. The community becomes involved
and beautified as the wall takes shape. Sponsors are rewarded by doing
something worthy of respect for their community and receive tax benefits.
How many people paint on a wall at one time?
How many people will be on a wall depends on the size and the location of
the wall and the detail of the drawing.
Who organizes all of this and supervises the participants?
Each group and their leaders will be asked to meet the Breaking Up Walls
staff prior to the start date. The groups meet one another and help to
design and plan the art for the wall. Our artist combines the artwork of all
of the participants into a cohesive mural.
At an additional meeting the participants see what their mural will look
like. In a meeting that just before the painting of the mural, all
instructions will be handed out and questions will be answered. The week
before the mural work is to be done, our artist prepares the wall and
sketches out the work to be done. On the day of the painting, Breaking Up
Walls staff, parents, and other adults supervise the painting.
What is the meaning of all this?
Our intent is for two diverse groups to come together and work side by side
to design and paint the mural. In the several meetings between the artwork
they create and the completed wall, two groups of people who are very
different find out that they have much more in common than they ever
imagined. They find out that people are people, wherever you find them. They
learn that they can persevere and create something beautiful and lasting.
They break up the walls of cultural difference and learn to see the world in
a different light. The mural is a lasting reminder of success and
Do we get paid for painting?
No. Breaking Up Walls is a nonprofit organization and your participation is
voluntary. Most people find that the experience is more valuable than pay.
How are people selected for a wall?
The first step is contacting Breaking Up Walls. Our staff will guide you
through the process of finding a wall in your neighborhood, gaining owner
permission, and finding another group to work with. We may even have another
group waiting for YOU, or a wall-in-waiting. If not, we'll shepherd you
through the experience. We want everyone who wants to be a part of a wall
event to be able to participate.
Who can work on a wall with us?
Anyone can assist with the mural on the day of painting as long as their
names have been put on the roster the Breaking Up Walls Monitor has for that
How long do the walls take to paint and how long do they stay up?
The amount of time it takes to paint a mural is determined by the size of
the wall and the complexity of the design. On the average, a mural takes
about four months from the first meeting to the completed wall. Most walls
are painted in one day. They remain in the community indefinitely as
beautification and a reminder of neighborhood unity.
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