Client: Blue Shield of California, The South LA Boys and Girls Club, Wellnest Foster Youth Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $50,000
Moses Ball Arts
Blue Shield California, Wellnest Foster Youth Center and South LA Boys and Girls Club
Blue Shield of California, Wellnest, Boys and Girls Club
The mural, 20 feet tall and 60 feet wide, shines brightly on a blue wall at the site of one of the Boys & Girls Challengers Clubhouse, a few miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The work shows the faces of five children and highlights their dreams about future occupations. The mural was supported by a continuing community art therapy program, wit.
The goal of the ongoing initiative is to help at-risk youth express their emotions via artistic media, such as painting and drawing, and assist them in building relationships with others. The program enables kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis, to increase their ability to explore, discover and interpret reality in a safe space. Each week over two month-period, professionals from Blue Shield Promise and Wellnest worked with Ball, who encouraged youth aged 11 to 17 to lend their creativity as they participated. Art was used as a tool to help the program participants share their feelings and talk about difficult issues in a safe, nurturing space.h the help of social workers and behavioral health specialists from Blue Shield Promise and Wellnest, a child guidance clinic
This work was created as a mental health/public art program that would benefit local youth in the program and inspire all who would encounter the work created.
Blue Shield and Wellnest councilors would work with at risk youth on mental health healing and then focus those emotions in public art creation with Muralis Moses Ball.
We are working on creating an ongoing public art/mental health program to service at risk youth in South Los Angeles.