Mural project aims to change perception of part of York Road

Baltimore - Pint sized artists got to work Tuesday painting the side of a Loyola University building on York Road.  It's a fresh coat of paint, and pride for these little Picassos.

"I think that we going do an amazing job painting and we get to show people," one girl said.

The three-panel mural featuring doves is the first of six that will be painted along York Road between 43rd Street and Glenwood Avenue.  The initiative is called "BMore Birds." Public artist and MICA product Iandry Randriamandroso is the man leading the project.

"Basically the goal today is to bring people from the neighborhood to do this painting together," he said.

And for about seven hours that's what happened.

"Staying in the lines, that's the hardest part," another girl said.

From 4-year-olds to teens, the group got to enjoy a positive afternoon doing something that could change the picture of where they live.  Something local moms said is a constant battle.

"It's really important because they don't have anything to do,” Chanel Solmon said.  “They don't have anything to do at all."

Organizers tell us the bigger goal of the mural project is to educate folks about the native birds in the area and to beautify the corridor.

"I think this will allow folks to see York Road as a little bit different then they have in the past," said Erin Okeefe.

"It makes a difference, it makes it feel like this community matters, someone's trying to do something like your being heard, it makes a difference," Solmon said.

Iandry will be back at the site on Saturday to clean up and finish the mural.  He hopes to have the entire project finished by the beginning of October. 

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