Windows Mural Project, CMH

This mural was painted as part of the 2008-10 city-wide "Creating Holyoke" history project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored by the Wistariahurst Museum of Holyoke. Designed in five large panels that match the windows on the wall of the Children's Museum that parallels one of the city's many power canals, the completed mural is one of the highlights of Holyoke's Canal Walk. The mural shows various aspects of urban life experienced by many diverse immigrant populations, including Irish, French-Canadian, Polish and Puerto Rican, that have for over two-hundred years contributed to the development of the present-day city of Holyoke. The teenaged participants in this project came from community service programs in the Holyoke Public Schools and the Holyoke Juvenile Probation Department, as well as from Holyoke youth organizations such as Girls, Inc, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Nuestras Raices, the Junior Volunteers at the Children's Museum in Holyoke, and the City of Holyoke summer youth employment program. The painting of this mural took about eight months.