New Mural in Rochester showcases unity

Devin Martin
Updated: October 31, 2020 11:20 PM
Created: October 31, 2020 11:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - It was a busy day in Rochester as a new mural was unveiled.

It showcases different cultures with its many colors.

"I think everybody has a story and everyone wants their story to be heard and recognized. I think we don't recognize enough of the different cultures that live here and so this is a great opportunity to do that,” Mary Beth Magyar, an artist who painted the mural said.

The wind Saturday did most of the unveiling for a new mural.

When it was finally on display, Mary couldn't be happier.

"I got to understand a lot more about different cultures, I haven't got a chance to work with the Somali community before and I really enjoyed interacting with the kids that helped me paint,” Magyar said.

One of those kids is Abdiasis Mohamed. He says he had a good time working on the mural.

"It kind of felt fun, you know running around. I colored part of the house; I colored the blue and pink,” Mohamed said.

The theme of the mural is about unity. It displays different homes in our community and what they might look like.

"We talked about what it means to be new to this country. What makes a home a home. So we sort of showed what some of the origin homes look like and what the Minnesota homes look like,” Magyar said.

This mural would not be possible if it wasn't for Meadow Park Initiative.

It’s supported by Family Service Rochester, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association and United Way of Olmsted County.

Meadow Park Initiative is designed to help neighborhoods have community events. Director April Sutor says this mural is an example of that.

"The things that are happening here bring hope to the people that live here and that's a huge thing since March to be able to have neighborhoods feeling hope and this neighborhood in particular,” Sutor said.


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