Informed, Empowered


“Many of the young artists wanted to address the issue of military recruiting, and targeting youth in low-income areas. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, military recruiters have access to high-school students contact information, so not only are they being approached in their schools, but also within their own homes. Utilizing a visual style inspired by war-time propaganda posters from around the world, the mural portrays three strong young women in classic military poses, armed not with violent weapons but with tools of creation and education. Banners that read, We Are Not Government Issued, and Arm Yourself with the Knowledge to Think for Yourself stream along the wall.”

– Groundswellmural on

Pintando Postales


“NYC-based muralist and educator Katie Yamasaki uses postcards to create a dialogue between kids in Cuba and New York. This short-documentary is a candid conversation with the artist, as she explains her motivation behind her project and shows us the hidden power of youth voices.”

– Joél Mejia on

Art Project Helps City Kids Connect With Cuban Pen Pals

Xzavier and Roberto Carlos

Xzavier and Roberto Carlos

Xzavier Scott, seen above, was depicted in a portrait which depicts his love of Coney Island and football. He is one of the subjects in “Pintando Postales, Painting Postcards,” an art exhibition that opened Thursday night at Brooklyn College.

Teacher Katie Yamasaki portrayed her art students to help arrange for them pen pals from Cuba…

– Jeanine Ramirez

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“Anti-Recruiting Mural Comes Into View” Article

Voices Her'd Mural

“Paratroopers are drifting down to earth — well, down the side of a Brooklyn apartment building — and slowly being helped back on their feet. This scene has finally come into full view in Sunset Park, where a group of young women this summer painted a mural that was their response to military recruiters in their schools and neighborhoods.

The official dedication is not until Sept. 6, but its creators are hoping it will spark the kind of dialog on the military they feel has been missing from the public square.”

Anti-Recruiting Mural Comes Into View by David Gonzales

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Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Crossville right

The Crossville Arts Council hosted a reception for muralist Katie Yamasaki of New York City on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Crossville Depot.

While in Crossville Yamasaki has worked with Arts Council members and property owners to identify a suitable location for the outdoor mural. Yamasaki is the granddaughter of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center in New York City. She has painted a number of murals in New York and other states, and has recently completed a show of her work in Cuba. She has upcoming projects in Spain, Japan and India.

The mural project itself will take place next spring, and will involve a six-week residency by Yamasaki. While the mural will be entirely of her design, she will train selected students in mural painting and will work with them after school each day to complete the mural. During the day while the students are in school, Yamasaki will work on the mural to bring their work into complete harmony with the whole. The result will be a piece of community artwork, and the finished project will give our entire community a piece of art that reflects our history and culture.

– Judy Pearson

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Students, Non-Profit Group Work Together To Beautify Neighborhoods

A group of girls and their instructors put the finishing touches on a mural Monday at a school in Park Slope.

The theme was how art can build community and community can create social change, said lead artist Katie Yamasaki…

– NY1 News

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Groundswell Project Unites Young Women To Paint Public Murals

“The playground walls at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are quickly being transformed into works of art. Nearly a dozen teenagers are spending their summer mixing paints, dabbing paint brushes and creating colorful images.

But this mural project is much more than pretty pictures. It’s about developing skills, empowering women, employing young people, and using art as a tool for social justice. The theme here is immigration.”

– NY1 News

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