In its continuing quest to improve public housing and engage its residents, The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers has launched an ambitious public art project at its properties across the city.
The Mulford Corporation, which raises funds to supplement the housing authority programs, has voted to allocate $100,000 to commission Yonkers Arts to coordinate the project using local artists and artists of color.
Yonkers Arts, founded in 2007, works to develop a strong, effective, and cooperative network of artists, cultural organizations, and members of the community to promote and encourage the arts in the City of Yonkers.
“MHACY is about to complete a three-year, $300 million renovation of public housing across our city,’’ said Wilson Kimball, MHACY President and CEO. “What better way to finish this ambitious project than to bring joy and inspiration to our residents through public art.’’
Murals and other art installations will be undertaken at 12 building across five MHACY properties including senior housing. On the list are:
- Curran Court, senior community located in northeast Yonkers.
- William A. Walsh Homes, senior/disabled housing at 75 Walsh Road near War Memorial Park.
- Palisades Towers, an eight-building affordable housing complex on Schroeder Street.
- Ross F. Calcagno Homes, a high-rise affordable housing complex in Nodine Hill, near the downtown area.
- Martinelli Manor, senior housing complex, at 21 Ellison Avenue in northeast Yonkers.
Adam Shultz, co-president of Yonkers Arts, said the purpose of the project is to place “amazing art and develop integrated aesthetic solutions inside and outside of MHACY senior living, senior assisted, low-income family residential, and townhouses.”
Ray Wilcox, Executive Director of Yonkers Arts, said, “Yonkers Arts believes in the important role that exposure to art plays in our communities and is constantly working to develop programs and opportunities that engage and inspire creatives of all ages. Art, in all its forms, is a language that speaks to the soul, stimulates the mind and warms the heart.”