What should you expect the day of the culminating celebration for the mural project? Participating in painting the mural will be organized on a first come first serve basis so arrive early to ensure you get the opportunity to contribute. While waiting you will want to stop by and grab something to eat or drink at one of the many businesses lined up perpendicular to the Mural wall. Also, several local organizations have agreed to share their resources so be sure to stop by to see some of the amazing things people are doing in our city. The littles (or bigs I suppose) can get their face painted and create their own mini mural. This is all while enjoying background music, performances, and book readings we have scheduled throughout the day.
The celebration will commence at 9:00 am with a ceremonial dance by the Fresno State Aztec Dance Club. The group includes individuals who are interested in learning
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about the Aztec culture through the traditional dances of their ancestors. We are honored to have them begin the day with a prayer in their ancient tradition. You can learn more about the club by following them on Twitter and Facebook.
Following the Aztec Dance Club will be a presentation for the dedication of the mural before the next group goes on at 11:00 am. A Gaggle of Grannies, known as the “Raging Grannies” have been hard at work to learning a song based off of López’s book
We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands. The book, which is a play on the 1927 American “classic” song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” celebrates unity and diversity across the world. Rafael said about the inspiration behind it that,”It seems wherever we look these days, there is talk of the things that divide us. With this book, I
“I wanted to express a message of hope to children that we are all in this together, that each and every child is an essential part of the big, amazing planet we call home.”
wanted to express a message of hope to children that we are all in this together, that each and every child is an essential part of the big, amazing planet we call home. ” The Grannies will be performing the song in both English & Spanish.
The final group that we have confirmed are the Hmong BBoys group called the “BeatKingz.” The Hmong BBoys and BGirls are a community of break dancers in South East Fresno who were especially prominent in the 90s, but still have an active and prolific presence. Their history has been documented through the Fresno State’s Valley Public History Initiative “Straight Outta Fresno” project started in 2016.
The BeatKingz is a group of talented young men from Sanger and Fresno. They are considered “kings of their art form” whose goal is to “teach and show others that getting involved with the community empowers the youth to become a better version of themselves.” Their mission aligns with the Arne Nixon Center’s values of
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encouraging literacy among youth and the symbolism behind the mural to transcend one’s current situation through community involvement, literacy, and art. We are especially grateful to be able to include them as they are a part of the SE Fresno community and its history. The BeatKingz will conclude the performances at noon on the day of the event, May 11. In between performances, local librarians will read several of our favorite children’s picture books. Keep your eye out for updated information about performances and scheduling.