Yuma, Ariz. – The City of Yuma and members of PSA Art Awakenings unveiled a public art mural along 32nd Street, near its intersection with Avenue A, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The collaborative mural was created by PSA Art Awakenings’ Master Artist Antonio Pazos, with the support of Cenpatico Integrated Care, and will remain on display for all community members to view.
The artwork was created in response to the “Yuma Mobile Mural,” a piece created last summer by members of the PSA Art Awakening’s Art Therapy Program, which promotes empowerment and recovery through the power of creative expression for adults and youth facing behavioral health challenges.
City Administrator Greg Wilkinson, Deputy City Administrator Ricky Rinehart, Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Wendt, and the Yuma Art Center’s Arts & Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka were in attendance to unveil the mural.
“Public art plays an integral role in creating a sense of community,” Benacka said. “When public art is incorporated into a new or existing project, a community’s identity is impacted two-fold: community members feel a more invested, deepened sense of community pride, and an the other fold, visitors to a community receive a better understanding of the area and their visit is both more memorable and enriching.”
The mural adds to the aesthetic landscape of Yuma along one of the busiest streets in the area. The goal is to have this art mural extend throughout the length of the wall and to become a beautified focal point of the city.