Martin Luther King Mural Project with RiseUp for Arts



Help bring Dr. King's message of racial equity and inclusivity to Hamden on a large scale by donating to Hamden's MLK Mural project as part of the RiseUP for Arts MLK39 Racial Equity Mural Tour - a state-wide, public-art initiative to paint 39 MLK murals throughout Connecticut. As part of the tour, the Hamden Public Library has been selected as a recipient of one of these murals. 

(Learn more about the overall MLK39 project here:

This mural project is a collaboration between the Town of Hamden, Hamden Arts and Culture, and several local organizations, and will be painted by mural artist Emida Roller - with the help of local artists and community participants. Emida has created colorful, large-scale murals throughout the US. View examples of Emida's work here:

Read Emida's interview about her involvement as an artist in other MLK Mural projects throughout Connecticut:

Community paint days, in which the community will be invited to participate in the painting of the mural, will be scheduled soon.


Dr. King shared his message directly with the Hamden community when he visited Congregation Miskhan Isreal in the early 60's. More info about his historical event to come. 


To suggest other important, hamden-based / non hamden-based social justice figures you believe should be included in the mural, please fill out this community input survey below:

Hamden MLK Mural Community Input Survey 


  1. Donate directly to the RiseUP for Arts GoFundMe Project Link:
    • Be sure to type $0.00 in the bottom "tip" section where it asks to give a tip to GoFundMe if you do not want to tip the GoFundMe corporation - any tips added in this section go directly to the GoFundMe corporation and not to the mural project
    • All donations go straight to the RiseUp for Arts organization. RiseUp for Arts manages all donation accounts independently of the Town of Hamden. 
  2. Write and mail a check: 
    • Personal checks can be made out to:  
      The RiseUP Group Inc. 
      942 Main St. Hartford, CT 06103
    • (Be sure to add "Hamden MLK Mural" on the check description line)
  3. Become a Public Sponsor
    • To become a public sponsor, please review the sponsor levels and benefits below and email RiseUP for Arts Director Matt Conway at:
    • Support this project as a public sponsor. View all levels and benefits of public sponsorship of the MLK Mural project as organized and carried out by the RiseUp for Arts organization here:  
    • Hamden MLK Mural Sponsorship Benefits

All money raised through the GoFundMe link goes directly to the RiseUP for Arts non-profit organization to fund this project (RiseUP manages all donation accounts independently from the Town of Hamden).