'Together' mural by Mz. Icar.
The City of Boston commissioned the anonymous art collective Mz. Icar 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 total budget for this project was $75,000. The mural is located on the exterior of The Engagement Center in Newmarket Square. On this project, Mz. Icar collaborated with the:
The Engagement Center opened in August 2017 and moved into a new building at 26 Atkinson Street in December 2021. It's a welcoming, low-threshold daytime space for individuals navigating homelessness and substance use to:
- access resources
- engage in recovery, behavioral health, and homeless services, and
- receive nursing care and medical support.
Participants receive daily nursing care, including medication management, from Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. They can also receive medical care, connect with a behavioral health provider, and start substance use disorder treatment.
The mural Together is a colorful love letter that serves as a reminder that we are connected, valuable, and on a journey.
Together is a combination of acrylic paint and vinyl wrap. It measures 63 feet wide x 15.75 feet high on the front wall (the side that reads "Together"), and 14 feet wide x 15.75 feet high on the wall facing the parking lot.