Perennial Unity Mural

Completed August 2021

This mural was created through a partnership with TEL HI and City Studio--a project of the  San Francisco Art Institute. It was imagined by the whole TEL HI community and painted by kids and teens ages 4 to18 years old and community volunteers! 

City Studio lead artists Oscar Lopez and Christopher Williams and TEL HI artist Jamon Tyus spearheaded the project. They were supported by teen artists Evelyn Guillermo, Elizabeth Wilson, Daria Chel, Haien Liang, Thomas Lin, Canita Huang, Ithzel Garcia, Lana Groom and Kaiqing Mo who also helped to conceptualize and produce this mural. The project was managed by Amy BerkSFAI's City Studio Director.  
 
A big thanks to our sponsors Brown and Caldwell, SRT Consultants, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and San Francisco Unified School District. 

Perennial Unity
Poem By Elizabeth Wilson, Teen Muralist Participant


A golden skyline
 

threads the sky 

where winding fog intercepts 

the earthly terrain. 

In this city, 

perennial unity 

uplifts neighboring souls, 

Blooming 

to the radiant sun 

 

We are born  

fluorescent eternal 

to community, 

the congruence sprouted  

not by name, nor era 

but in experience


Together


We grow 

urban ecosystems 

from ashes 

from cracks 

from division 

from isolation 


Together, in Unity
 


We soar
 

boundless to hate, 

bounded by Love 

eternally unbroken 

and heavenwards  

with Transcendent Union

 

We are this City. 

TEL HI's Marketing & Communication Director talks with Amy Berk, Director at City Studio, SFAI’s award-winning program that offers underserved youth a high-quality arts education in their own neighborhood, about TEL HI's new mural!

Some of the teen mural artists talk talk about their experience working on TEL HI's mural and what they learned from the project!

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