Community invited to help paint mural at North Richmond market

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Community invited to help paint mural at North Richmond market

A highly-anticipated mural planned for a North Richmond grocer will be painted during the course of two separate Community Paint Days, officials announced Monday.

The paint days will occur April 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Rancho Market & Deli at 500 Market Ave. Volunteers from North Richmond and beyond are welcome to help paint a mural “that pays homage to the community’s rich history and promising future,” according to a joint statement by the City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, the Richmond Love Your Block Initiative and the Community Housing Development Corp.

The mural “includes odes to blues music, African American cowboys and fertile agricultural lands,” the statement said, and was developed during outreach meetings that included lead artists, apprentices and the community.

Rancho Market is known as a community hub near Verde Elementary and one of the few in the area that doesn’t sell alcohol. Last year, a project was launched to beautify the store’s exterior. Richmond Love Your Block staff, Supervisor John Gioia’s Office and the store’s owner Lucky Braimah worked on the project. In October last year, with donations from Kelly-Moore Paints in San Pablo and Home Depot in El Cerrito, volunteers gathered to resurface and repaint the store to create the foundation for a mural.

That led to the community-led mural design and application process, which was funded by a $7,500 grant from Richmond’s Arts & Culture Commission along with grants and in-kind sponsorships from Kelly-Moore Paints in San Pablo, Home Depot in El Cerrito, Urban Tilth, Richmond Tool Library, the Richmond Department of Infrastructure and Maintenance Operations, Sunbelt Rentals, Republic Services, Richmond Art Center and Douglas & Sturgess.

The mural is set to be unveiled during a community block party on Friday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m.

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