BENEFITING: SAN DIEGO CULTURAL ARTS ALLIANCE
Our City Heights "Bridging the Heights" mural project will be the first in the county with a role-reversal concept. Artists and youth will teach the SDPD how to produce graffiti, in order to create a positive relationship between youth and the San Diego Police Department as a team instead of adversaries.
Encompassing six-square miles of mixed residential and commercial zones, City Heights is densely populated and ethnically diverse. Thirty-eight languages, and 50 dialects are spoken in local schools, and the population includes lifelong residents and new immigrants. Housing consists largely of Section 8 apartment complexes and other low-income renters.
According to the City Heights Town Council, the community has a higher proportion of youth under the age of 18 than any other area of San Diego.
The concept of this mural project is a collaborative effort between artist and youth to teach San Diego police officers how to produce graffiti art and handle spray cans to create this mural. The Alliance crew for this mural will include artists Saratoga Sake, Izze, Jose and Arek.
A striking skyline of international iconic images will reflect the variegated origins of City Heights. The "Bridging the Heights" project aims to provide an opportunity for City Heights to transform their own community. The mural project will instill a distinctive work of art that will generate awareness and heal, connect and unify a common ground of communication for the different cultural groups in the area.
We hope not only to raise awareness but funds to help create positive transformation in the City Heights community.