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'Afro-Latin Music and Dance' by Roberto Chao

Artist Roberto Chao is creating a mural at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain.

This project was installed in October 2022.

Project Details

Project Context

The City of Boston awarded a grant to artist Roberto Chao to create this mural as part of the third round of the Transformative Public Art Program. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture allocated more than $1 million toward murals at 10 sites across nine neighborhoods as part of the program. The mural is located at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain.

Transformative Public Art Program

Roberto Chao created a mural in collaboration with youth on the east wall of the park in 2008. Since its creation, the wall has degraded and the mural could not be restored. Roberto has been collaborating with Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) on this project. In November 2019, HSTF youth activists proposed the idea of a new mural with the theme of "Afro-Latin Music and Dance" while visiting Mozart Park. In the summer of 2021, more than 50 youth engaged in brainstorming elements of the design. The youth and community members celebrated Latinx Heritage Month this past summer by prepping and priming the wall. 15 participants including artists, youth, and volunteers, worked under the direction of Roberto Chao to design the mural. Dozens of residents attended a series of community engagement meetings to offer their input on the design.

The Artwork

The mural will be painted on 8x4 foot PVC panels to make a 163-foot-long mural. The mural will consist of 32 panels attached to wooden frames. The mural design includes depictions of Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean islands. It will feature imagery including: 

  • local and international icons such as Fela Kuti, Jamaica Plain's Fabiola Mendez, and Bob Marley
  • ancestral musical instruments
  • symbols of Afro-Latin history and culture
  • dancers, and
  • nature.

Latin America panel of Roberto Chao's mural
Design for Latin America panel of Roberto Chao's mural.

Design for Caribbean Islands panel of Roberto Chao's mural.
Design for Caribbean Islands panel of Roberto Chao's mural.

Join Roberto Chao and Hyde Square Task Force for the Mozart Mural Celebration on Saturday, November 5, at the park from 1 - 3 p.m. (rain date, November 6). A Trike Called Funk will provide entertainment, and several of the local musicians that are featured in the mural will be performing as well. 

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