The Arbor Drug Free Communities and Ukiah Valley Youth Coalition is partnering with Shane Grammer and The Hope Through Art Foundation to create a mural highlighting the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement. This mural will honor Khadijah Britton, one of the MMIW sisters who has been missing since February 7, 2018 and member of the Round Valley Indian tribes.
“I am honored to be working with the Ukiah Valley Youth Coalition on such an impactful mural. The youth are dedicated to raising awareness about MMIW, and Khadijah, who has been missing since 2018. These youth are leaders in our community,” shares Amalia Abrojena, Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator.
The mural project will begin Monday, May 24 at 810 N Sate Street with a completion ceremony Thursday, May 27 6-8 p.m. Khadijah Britton’s family and the Ukiah Valley Youth Coalition will host the completion ceremony with feather dancers and native singers as a tribute to Khadijah along with family and tribal members. The community is invited to celebrate with this group adhering to all Covid-19 safety precautions.
The Ukiah Valley Youth Coalition is a youth-led and driven program. These youth have identified several projects they want to see in the community with the Social Justice Mural as the first. The youth are passionate about these topics and feel it’s important to raise awareness in their community. The Arbor Drug Free Communities Coalition is a grant funded program promoting healthy lifestyles, including the reduction of youth substance abuse, by creating community connections and opportunities for youth empowerment.
The Hope Through Art Foundation is a non-profit entity founded by artist, Shane Grammer, and is devoted to broadening public awareness of social issues and educating young artists. A recent project MMIW mural completed in Lake County can be seen on the Hope Through Art Foundation Facebook page.