October 2015 – The painting portion of Augustina Droze’s design for the mural was completed by Augustina and Chuck Tingley. The glass mosaic columns created by Megan McElf along with Jump Start students is installed. Landscaping, signage and lighting are scheduled for spring of 2016.
September 2015 – Work begun on the mural.
May thru August 2015 – Fundraising appeals to business, foundations and public.
April 2015 – Community Meeting held at City Honors School to inform the public about the “Ray of Light” mural and garner neighborhood support for the project. The Buffalo Arts Commission unanimously approved the mural design. City Honors Foundation pledge funds towards the mural, additional funds were raised at Buffalo Arts Studio’s Trimania event.
March 2015 – Buffalo Arts Studio announced that Buffalo based artist Augustina Droze was selected as the mural artist for the Ray of Light Mural Project. Her proposed design displays a strong but serene message of non-violence. Utilizing her preliminary design as a starting point, BAS will hold a public forum for community members to offer input on the mural.
January 2015 – Buffalo Arts Studio, Jerald Goldsmith’s family, organizations and members of the community are joining forces to create a mural at Masten Park. We selected the west wall of the park for it’s engaging aesthetics that will enhance the message of love and anti-violence we want to evoke through this mural project.
October 1, 2014 – Jerald Goldsmith was found brutally beaten near the stairs leading up to Masten Park, located near City Honors High School. She was a close relative to one of our Jump Start students here at the Buffalo Arts Studio. Her family compelled us into action to see that her tragic death serves as a catalyst to promote peace and unity within the Buffalo community.
The mural’s positive imagery will inspire the public and we hope the site will become one for reflection and remembrance for victims of violence and their families. This will also be a place where the public can find information on how to break away from violent situations.