MIAMI — The bus stop located at Northwest 22nd Avenue at Northwest 56 Street in Liberty City will get a facelift this weekend. The bus stop will display artwork designed by Bernisha Fleurinor, a senior in the Medical Magnet program at Miami Northwestern Senior High School.
She won Moving Lives of Kids Mural Project, which asked students to come up with a design that reflected positive aspects of Liberty City. Bernisha and other art students will paint the work April 26, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MLK Mural Project has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami on this event that is open to the public.
In all, the MLK Mural Project plans to paint all 72 bus stops in Liberty City, organizers said.
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmondson has partially funded the painting of two bus stops, which cost about $5,000 to complete. The first bus stop was painted last May. On Saturday, the project will paint the second.
“I am so very proud of the young people who are working on the MLK Mural Project,” Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson said. “They are contributing their talents, their love of art and their hard work and I am grateful for their participation. The mural will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and will help us remember that if we are strong and united we can accomplish much to make our community a more vibrant place to live.”
Each student will receive community service learning hours, as well as an educational stipend for their contribution.
“Real art empowers people and evokes thought,” said Kyle Holbrook, CEO of the MLK Mural Project. Holbrook, a muralist, founded MLK Mural in 2007. His vision was to use public art as a way to reach kids during the summer months and encourage them to do positive community work while not in school.
“Public art has been a powerful tool essential to a strong community since the community started,” said Holbrook.