July 2 2013 08:37 PM

Writerz Blok transforms a sketchy alley with street art

Lincoln Park’s new mural
Photo courtesy of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

A new mural was unveiled Thursday, June 27, in an alley behind a mechanic shop at Imperial Avenue and 47th Street in Lincoln Park.

"Spreading Love through Art" was created by Lincoln High School multimedia students with the help of artists from Writerz Blok, an arts program that focuses on youth empowerment.

The project was a collaboration between the organization and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and was funded by a grant from the California Arts Council. Street artists Persue and Sake also helped create the piece.

Writerz Blok production manager Jose Venegas says the mural, which features the word "love" in big, white block letters surrounded by an African-American woman, Persue's signature Bunny Kitty character and flowers, represents unity.

"It brings all the cultures together," he says. "All the kids walk through there on their way to and from school, so it definitely gives it a facelift. There were already murals there, but they had a bunch of tags on them so we cleaned them up, made it more presentable and less intimating."

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