HOUSTON (June 19, 2023) – Join Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Volunteer Houston on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77007, at 1:30 pm for the Public Art Project Juneteenth Mural Dedication.
In conjunction with famed local artist and Absolute Equality founder Reginald C. Adams, Volunteer Houston embarked on a city-wide public art project recruiting 150 volunteers to paint four Juneteenth themed murals. Each piece is housed in a partnering service organization’s building creating spaces for reflection while amplifying the voices and experiences of Black Americans and their journey toward freedom. Adams’ vibrant and visionary work highlights the missions of partnering organizations while showcasing the history of Juneteenth and a renewed hope for the future.
United Way of Greater Houston will house their mural in the organization’s highly visited Community Resource Center. The mural will serve as the centerpiece of a larger campaign to educate, inspire, and engage the community. “United Way of Greater Houston is honored to be the home of this powerful work of art celebrating Juneteenth and its importance in the struggle for freedom and equality,” said Amanda McMillian, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “We are committed to the pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and are excited to share such a beautiful and lasting reminder of the importance of persisting in that mission with all who pass through our doors.”
Funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, the Volunteer Houston Juneteenth Public Art Project brings art into spaces of service inviting passersby to engage with
the themes of liberation, resilience, and social justice that are central to Juneteenth.
“Juneteenth is an opportunity for us to pause, reflect, and disrupt ultimately creating a space for change,” said Andréa R. Shiloh, Vice President of Volunteerism and Civic Service with Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. “We are especially proud of the Public Art Project because it brought people together to create a piece that will live and breathe the themes of Juneteenth inspiring the ongoing pursuit of social justice for generations to come.”
Volunteer Houston is a program of Interfaith Ministries that connects individuals, groups, and companies with service opportunities at nonprofit agencies. Volunteer Houston promotes the transformative effects of volunteerism and is a part of IM’s Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service, which establishes a positive and lasting impact on the Greater Houston community through organized service and leadership. For more information or to sign up visit https://volunteerhouston.org.
ABOUT INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON
A United Way partner, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County which delivers more than 1.7 million meals each year to homebound seniors and people with disabilities across five counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths; the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service, which establishes a positive and lasting impact on the Greater Houston community through organized service and leadership through Volunteer Houston and SERVE HOUSTON. For more information, visit https://www.imgh.org/.