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Navajo Artists Host Community Wall Painting Project | Navajo-Hopi observer

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – From June 24-25, Flagstaff Community Assistance Teams (CATs), a nonprofit, indigenous-focused service provider for homeless relatives living in Flagstaff, will host a community painting event to complete their Mobile Outreach Bus.

The event will be led by Diné artists Jesse Yazzie and Jayme Shepard from 10am to 6pm at the Flagstaff Mall.

The public is invited to participate, watch the artist’s work and help finish the murals under their direction. Individuals or groups interested in Individuals or groups interested in helping complete the mural should contact the CATs for planning details or visit the mall at the times indicated. Participation is completely free.

CAT’s mission is “to provide sanctuary, service and compassion to homeless relatives living on the streets of Flagstaff whose lives have been disrupted by personal and historical trauma.”

“Providing a welcoming welcome is central to CAT’s mission and that includes designing a culturally relevant space for those who need our services,” said Wendy White, co-founder of CATs.

With this in mind, Yazzie and Shepard collaborate, design and paint the indigenous-focused mural that will soon be seen driving the streets of Flagstaff city.

Yazzie’s personal story of overcoming obstacles is seamlessly woven into the CAT’s overall mission, according to the organization.

Yazzie is an emerging Phoenix artist and draws on her childhood experiences, as well as her subsequent struggles with substance abuse and eventual incarceration in the Arizona Department of Corrections, to create artwork and provide mentoring to young people to help them avoid the path they have taken.

His art can be found throughout the Valley, including a recent mural in Roosevelt Row, Phoenix’s walkable arts district.

According to White, this project is “a great opportunity for local youth or those interested in Yazzie’s art and history to gain hands-on mentoring while providing the mobile mural for Flagstaff and surrounding communities.

Yazzie will paint her and fellow artist Jayme Shepard of Native Ambition Clothing Co, along with help from the community.

The project is made possible by a Flagstaff Beautification in Action Grant and the generosity of the Flagstaff Mall. Community members can reserve places to participate in the painting project by contacting the Flagstaff Community Assistance Teams (CATs of Flagstaff) on Instagram, Facebook, or by visiting or emailing [email protected] .

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