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Original documentary short film “GET THE PICTURE?” aims to tell the compelling story of how…
A call went out in Marin County for artists to create a mural art installation as a way to welcome refugees and immigrants to the San Francisco Bay Area with the profound, heartfelt message, “You Are Home!” 10 artists were selected. Each one was charged with creating an original painting to communicate this message. The 10 paintings they created exceeded all expectations.
Creative conflict arose when the artists were faced with painting collaborative connecting panels to join the 10 paintings in just one day. 10 artists/20 paintings. After a time of artistic chaos, they succeeded in coming together to produce a stunning result. The example the artists set that day is a model of commitment and intense cooperation that overcomes differences and disagreements in the interest of the greater good.
Some Marin County citizens, conflicted to welcome refugees and immigrants, experienced a fundamental change in their attitudes after being exposed to the message of this mural and its artists.
The mural inspired Marin MOCA to commission and recruit mural artists from Italy to create a 2nd vibrant mosaic tile mural depicting Ramon Resa, MD’s journey from migrant child farm laborer to doctor. Every student, teacher, parent and visitor walking by this portrayal of his difficult journey will be inspired by Dr. Resa’s example, and in turn dare to dream of a better life through education.
The work prompted the formation of the Canal Arts Initiative, a collective of 11 Marin community service, educational, business and arts organizations on a mission to, “promote the creation of public art that reflects a positive spiritual message and ignites imagination in the immigrant-rich Canal community, art that reflects the aspirations of the largely underserved Latino cultures in the heart of San Rafael’s Canal district, in the heart of Marin County, California.” The group has already installed their inaugural mural, “Bienvenidos al Canal” on a prominent building at the gateway to the Canal neighborhoods, and has plans for many more.
Our film will explore the connection this movement and these murals have to the rich history of mural art and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and their societal influence past and present.