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The What Matters Mural

What Matters Mural by Lana Yu

As an artist I wish to create public art that will affect people’s everyday lives in surprising and unexpected ways. Together with the community we created a 28 x 10 feet mural that dons the wall of Park Street Garage in the heart of downtown Peekskill. The mural is the culmination of over a year of gathering phrases from the public to share "what matters". The mural transcribes some of the most universal and compelling words people have shared in both English and Spanish. People of any age, background or culture are invited to write a few words about what matters to them. My objective is to give those who may not normally have an opportunity to express themselves a chance to contemplate what they find meaningful in life. This is an opportunity to take pause from the pressures of the day to focus on a larger view of life. In doing so the participants enrich their own existence for a moment and in turn enrich a moment for another person who will read what they have written.

Several thousand people from all walks of life have gathered to share What Matters at 25 events and locations (and growing) since 2012. A mural of a selection of the phrases was painted by 88 people ages 4 to 80+. In these challenging times may the mural serve as a beacon of hope. Life has a way of going up, down and sideways—may you find peace and gratitude in whatever experience unfolds. May you find for yourself what matters.

I hope you will journey to see the mural and share your thoughts with me. The best viewing spot is at 1045 Park St. in front of the DMV building between Bank St. and South James St. in the downtown, Peekskill, NY.

WHAT MATTERS? shows the power the Arts have in creating Community. Her vision, work, tenacity and engagement of the Community will be among the most inspiring moments I have witnessed from another Artist. THANK YOU, Lana!!! Come to Park St, Peekskill to check it out & be Inspired!
–Sol Miranda, Actress, Co-founder, Embark Peekskill


Photos of this on-going socially-engaged art project

Upcoming What Matters Programs, Free Workshops (PDF)

What Matters in the Press

What Matters featured in ArtsNews
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