Juniper Creative, a Vermont-based Black and Dominican family collective, created a mural on Burlington's Pine St. to celebrate local Black youth.
Earlier in his career as a muralist, Will Kasso Condry noticed Black youth were often represented in public art only after they had died and been memorialized. He said Juniper Creative’s work seeks to change that.
“Having local children in this mural, who live here, who are alive and well and thriving, it’s important for them to see themselves,” Kasso Condry said. “And not just them, but other children that look like them, and for adults that look like them, for people that typically go unnoticed until they’re dead. It starts with the art.”
The mural includes portraits of Black students from Champlain Elementary School and Edmunds Middle School, some of whom will be painted with bee or butterfly wings. Sections of the wall will have excerpts of poems written by Burlington youth. Kasso Condry has described Juniper Creative’s work as having an Afro-futuristic aesthetic. It incorporates imagery from science fiction and the natural environment.
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