The Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center mural – A community undertaking

Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton residents met to give their input to the artists who will design the Martin Luther King Multi- Service Ambulatory Care Center walkway at a creative workshop at the Hudson Auditorium in Willowbrook. The workshop was held to encourage community members to share their thoughts and ideas both pictorially and verbally for what they would like to see on panels that will make up the 800-foot-long panel at the Martin Luther King Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. Community members of all ages used colored pencils, crayons and markers to make their artistic visions come to life on butcher paper. The artists will use these sketches to collaboratively incorporate the ideas presented at the workshop into a mural for the new Martin Luther King Medical Campus.

The workshop was spearheaded by Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton local artist- Toni Love, Carlos Spivey, and Ronald Jackson. The three artists were selected by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program to design the mural. These artists will bring their backgrounds of mural design, computer animation, and fine art together to create a mural that symbolizes the Willowbrook community. When asked what he likes most about working on this particular mural project, artist Ronald Jackson said,” I like the community involvement. I think this mural will inspire something in people-especially young people.” He went on to say,” I hope young people will recall the reality of artists living and working in the community.” Aside form being something nice to see when passing by, artist Toni Love said that she believes the completed mural will represent the pride of the community.

This workshop will be the first of a series of community meetings. For more information, please contact Mimi Klabom at: (310) 614-4364.