Local artists painting mural at Meals on Wheels


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The Charlottesville Mural Project, a program of the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, has partnered with Meals on Wheels of Albemarle to create the city’s newest public mural. 

Meals on Wheels has been working hard to ensure that its clients are well-fed and cheerful this holiday season. To help with that cheer, a brand new mural is going up on its building. 

With four, blank, white walls, Alan Goffinski, the director of the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, saw an opportunity to bring creativity and color to the community.

What is special about this mural is that it is a joint project between artists Frederico Cuatlacuatl, Chicho Lorenzo and neighborhood students.

“I’m really excited to see what the students contribute to the actual mural,” said Goffinski.

The students have completed research on the history of the Rose Hill community and will each create a small portion of the mural.

“Being aware and educating yourself about the history here of the neighborhood and how that really amplifies the broader histories of our communities that we live in, and how important it is to be able to recognize and reflect on that,” said Cuatlacuatl. “For us to be able to build solidarity and love.”

Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Charlottesville since 1977. 

Its mission is to provide and serve disabled and elderly citizens, who live alone, by providing them with a hot meal every day. 

The partnership between Meals on Wheels, the mural project, students, and artists serves the goal of creating unity. 

Their hope is that this brings together the community and that everyone realizes their ability to make a difference.