Welcoming Diversity Mural

  • "Welcome Mural" or "Diversity Mural" greets dozens of new patients at the hospital registration, everyday. 
  • An informational flyer that stands at the hospital's information desk in the lobby. It is part of the hospital's guided walking tour for the patients and families to enjoy various artworks that adorn the halls. 
  • The mural was officially unveiled in a ceremony on the 10th of April, 2017. 
  • At the opening, I publicly acknowledged and thanks the individuals from 9 countries who contributed to the creation of the artwork. Students at Bridging Educational Access to Migrants in Chiang Mai, TH helped diversify the collaged figures in the mural. This was fitting, as these students are all Burmese migrants, who have moved to Chiang Mai for the chance to purse a college degree. BEAM supports these students in achieving their GRE certification and applications for financial sponsorship. Consider funding their brave efforts against the socio-political situations in Myanmar and Thailand and donate here:  http://beamedu.org/

    More help came from: local youth in the Juvenile Detention Center, awaiting their prison sentences; international volunteers (Germany, Singapore, the USA) supporting Art Relief International's art relief workshops; and expatriates based in Chiang Mai from Brazil, England, Italy, the USA, and Zimbabwe. 
  • Here are the contributing students after our art relief workshop (art therapy + art education), working towards the mural's completion. 
  • The hospital supported a small presentation of the piece's process, being made in Thailand. 
  • Audience members excitedly pointed out the hidden collage pieces that constructed each individual--photos/magazines from the different staff ethnicities working at the hospital. 
  • This mother submitted photos of she and her daughter in their traditional Indian regalia. I surprised them as a thank you for their contribution to the project by including them as the Gujarati-speaking figures in the mural. 
  • Similarly, the coordinator of this whole community development opportunity had submitted vacation pictures from her family's trip to see relatives in Colombia and Guatemala. I wasn't aware that the boy I chose to represent the Spanish-speaking nations was her son--so we were both surprised when I included him in the final piece. 
  • The project was covered in two local newspapers, in English and in Spanish.