South LA Freedom School students make mark with art

Intersections South LA (USC Annenberg School For Communication)

August 6, 2011


Joyous cheering, rhythmic clapping and motivational chants welcomed Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as he kicked off a colorful mural-painting activity to brighten up the construction underway at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.More than 200 energetic children and teenagers dipped paint brushes into vibrant hues to fill murals with words such as "aspire," "create," "believe," and most appropriately, "read." The young student artists were chosen from Freedom Schools in the Second District of Los Angeles. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' office, which provides partial funding for the six-week summer literacy program, partnered with the Department of Public Works and City Year Los Angeles for the mural activity. The murals will be displayed in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center until construction ends in 2013, when they will be moved to a permanent location.
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