Project Information
Google Map of Albany, NY


107-25 Wren PlaceNew York, NY 11433United States




12 x 115 ft





Groundswell, in partnership with Jamaica NeON, engaged youth muralists in the creation of Aspire to Inspire, a mural highlighting education as the most crucial step toward success in life. Groundswell teen mural artists and young adult probation clients collaborated with Lead Artist DonChristian Jones and Assistant Artist Sofia Maldonado, through Groundswells paid apprenticeship the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), to give voice to disconnected youth in South Jamaica to combat the high school dropout crisis. Following a sequential narrative from left to right, Aspire to Inspire unfolds in a series of accessible and engaging visual symbols, beginning with The House of Growth on the left, moving gradually through the Learning Pool in the center, and reaching the Ocean of Opportunity at the right. With a hopscotch course presented on the left hand side, the mural highlights the affirming power of self-discovery through education, creating a sense of agency in young people and empowering them to create their own path to success.