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New mural in Fresno’s Calwa Park honors neighborhood’s unique culture

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno’s Calwa Park has a new mural that aims to beautify the area while restoring neighborhood pride

The title of this mural is “If you’re going to dream, it’s possible.” In Spanish it is “Si vas a soñar, eso es posible”.

Cynthia Velazquez of Hanford created the unique piece that features a Latino boy juggling a soccer ball while bluejays fly around him.

The little boy represents the soccer-loving residents who live in the neighborhood, while the birds show the importance of nature to the community.

“I wanted to represent the culture of Calwa Park and I was inspired by the boys playing soccer, they are here like almost every day,” Velazquez said.

Funds from the City’s One Fresno Foundation were used for the project pioneered by the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The group worked with the mayor’s office to highlight the good in the city through public art and storytelling.

“Putting a young boy on the wall juggling a soccer ball I think will be something that this community can be proud of. And I also think that thousands of young people over the years will take a picture in front of that wall with their soccer ball .” said Mayor Jerry Dyer.

Dyer said this painting is part of a pilot art program in hopes of creating a wave of future murals across the city.

“Going forward we’ll probably use Measure P dollars as we expand our artwork. I know it’s very important to the council as well, so we’ll be doing that in each of the districts,” he said.

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