By Savona Bailey-McClain
On Wednesday, August 17th, Creative Arts Project unveiled with the Montefiore Park Association a new mural in West Harlem. The students who participated in this project stated that their inspiration was the Harlem painter Aaron Douglas and the poet William Stanley Braithwaite, a former resident of West Harlem in the northernmost point of the community called Sugar Hill.
Congressman Charles Rangel and Curtis Archer, president of Harlem Community Development Corporation were on hand for the ceremony and gave their praises for this collaborative effort by Creative Arts, SelectNY, HCDC, Montefiore Park Association and Heritage Health and Housing.
According to the young artists, the bright yellow and reds as well as the rabbits and birds pays homage to the Barnum & Bailey Circus. James Anthony Bailey built a residence in Harlem that still stands on the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and St. Nicholas Place.