PHOTOS: Volunteers gather to paint mural in Jackson Ward

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A group of 60 volunteers gathered to paint a mural in Jackson Ward as part of the UNITY Street Project.

The project sketched the design a week ago. Richmond artist Hamilton Glass designed the sketch along with Girls for a Change.

Girls for a Change looks to support and inspire girls of color by helping them dream about their future. The group tries to bring about social change by being active in communities.

“The girls are really focused on busting stereotypes of what a black girl is, so the faces are pretty much the spirit of black girls,” artist Hamilton Glass describes the mural’s design.

Adds artist Austin Miles, “The expressions represent moments and different struggles or different livelihoods. Different things that each women or women themselves, black girls experience.”

Volunteers also decorated snack bags that will be donated to Girls for a Change to support after-school programs.

Virginia Credit Union is helping the group by providing financial education programs to members of Girls for a Change and is inspired by the outpouring of teamwork to make the mural project possible.

“Everybody’s, ‘I’ll paint this flower this color, you paint this section,” explains Glenn Birch of Virginia Credit Union. “Working together’s just really been great.”

You can see the finished mural at the corner of East Broad Street and North 1st Street.

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