Holyoke Murals

Two different mural projects are shown in these photos. The first, sponsored by the Holyoke Housing Authority in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, took place over two summers (2006 and 2008) at the Lyman Terrace public housing units. The first summer's mural (shown in the last set of photos) runs along the entire wall of one of the apartment buildings and shows a train decorated with words such as "Pride" and "Dignity" in graffiti-style letters. Teenagers employed through the City of Holyoke's summer youth employment program were the primary participants, but during the painting they were often joined by children and parents from the Lyman Terrace neighborhood. The mural painted during the second summer (shown in the first set of photos) involved younger children and is a fantasy scene under the Connecticut River, complete with brightly colored fish and submarines.These two murals won, successively, the 2007 Massachusetts Chapter NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) Outstanding Agency Award, and the 2009 NAHRO Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development. 

The second mural (shown in the second set of photos) was sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and was painted on panels that were affixed to the long back wall of the outdoor playground. This mural uses a combination of text and images to illustrate the values and principles of the organization.