True Colors Mural Project
full color sketch of mural as proposed; the Earth, people working and celebrating

Final Mural Design for Inkworks Press

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True Colors is a project of renowned muralist Juana Alicia Montoya and has partnered with Earth Island Institute’s Streets Alive Initiative to complete this epic and inspiring mural.

photo of people in a room evaluating sketches

Juana Alicia has facilitated a semester-long process with the students, which includes mural art history, brainstorming, sketching and consulting with Inkworks in order to develop a beautiful final design for the mural. It will stretch across the entire front facade of the Inkworks building and encompass many of the important movements and campaigns that have organized in the Bay Area and beyond during the past 35 years. This colorful piece of public art is a contribution to the street life and character of the West Berkeley neighborhood that Inkworks calls home. It will be a historic piece of art, an educational tool and an additional landmark in the spirit of Berkeley’s uniqueness.

pencil sketch of people arms linked as seen from above

True Colors realizes the talents of local youth, struggling to find their place and voice in the community. Their past successes are evidenced by their most recent muralĀ  installation at Mi Tierra Foods on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, as well as three murals at Berkeley City College itself. These are a testament that, given the opportunity, their voices are poignant, colorful and meaningful.

Painting is set to begin in early 2010 so we are working hard to raise the funding to make this vision a reality. We appreciate any financial support you would like to give to this worthy, and truly colorful endeavor!

Streets Alive is a project of Earth Island Institute’s Restoration Initiatives and works to bring more art and nature to Downtown, West and South Berkeley. Earth Island Institute’s offices are in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.

Project Partners

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