Armed with only brushes and paint, some Queens kids are learning how to beautify South Jamaica, one mural at a time.Armed with only brushes and paint, some Queens kids are learning how to beautify South Jamaica, one mural at a time.
Participants affiliated with the nonprofit the Culture Cocoa Art House unveiled a mural at the Cornerstone Community Center on Saturday.
It's all part of a two month apprenticeship program created by the organization.
Students are taught how to paint and are then tasked with designing and painting a group mural.
The program was started by Jocelyn Morgan-Goode, an artist known for painting hip hop murals throughout South Jamaica.
"I think there's a real need and a real desire for young people to create. They want to express and they took art out of most schools, so young people who are creative or event curious they don't have a chance to learn," said Jocelyn Morgan-Goode, the founder of Culture Cocoa Art House.
"I just wanted to come out the box and do something different - try something new and I actually liked it," said Coody Kane, who contributed to the mural.
The mural took seven weeks to complete.
Goode says she plans to bring the program back next year.