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Posted on: March 14, 2023

MLK Mural Coming to Hamden-Sketch Revealed; Community Paint Days Announced; Donations Still Needed

MLK39 Racial Equity Mural Tour Coming to Hamden
Sketch Revealed; Community Paint Days Announced; Donations Still Needed

Hamden – RiseUP for Arts has partnered with Hamden’s Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Wellness, Hamden’s Arts Commission, Hamden Public Library, local businesses, organizations, and community members in Hamden to create a large-scale public art mural on the Dixwell-facing side of Hamden’s Miller Memorial Library that will celebrate the diversity and cultures of the community and highlight the messages of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK39 Racial Equity Mural in Hamden is part of RiseUP's state-wide mural tour. For the original announcement and press release, click here.  

Donations Still Needed
To date, we have received 90% of our goal. We are asking 56 people to help us achieve our target. Just a donation of $5 will help us get there. Click here to donate online or navigate to The deadline to reach our goal and secure Sustainable CT’s matching funds is March 31st, 2023. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses.  Please contact Matt Conway at for sponsorship opportunities. Checks can be mailed directly to The RiseUP Group, Inc., 942 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 06103 with “Hamden MLK” noted.

Community Paint Days Announced
Hamden’s MLK39 Racial Equity Mural is set to be revealed at the town’s Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday June 17th. Community volunteer paint days will be held on two days. The first community volunteer paint day will be on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 from 10AM to 3PM in conjunction with Hamden’s Earth Day Celebration at Town Center Park. The second community volunteer paint day will be on Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at Keefe Community Center from 3PM to 8PM.

Sketch Revealed
Artist Emida Roller will be painting this mural and has created the following sketch: 

sketch mlk mural

For further information, please contact:

Karen Bivens, Director of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Wellness, at (203) 287-2579 or by email at

Lushonda Howard, Chair of Hamden’s Arts Commission, at (203) 287-7061 or by email at

Matt Conway, RiseUP for Arts, by email at

MLK Mural Flyer

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