Los Muralistas is an inter-generational artist collective developed within El Puente and serving the community of Los Sures (Williamsburg Brooklyn's Southside) since 1990. The group engages youth & community members in intensive training, coaching and mentoring in the arts and the tradition of mural painting. Many youth members remain in the group for several years, joining as early adolescents and developing into mentoring roles for other youth. Under the direction of teaching artist Joe Matunis, Los Muralistas has created more than 20 community murals that depict the challenges, victories, hopes and dreams of the community through powerful, thought-provoking and masterful imagery and socially relevant messages.
The work of Los Muralistas is grounded in the principles and mission of its home organization El Puente, a 30-year old community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. El Puente integrates the diverse activities and community campaigns of its Center for Arts and Culture, Green Light District Initiative, four neighborhood Leadership Centers, and nationally recognized public high school, El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice.
Each of the artists in the Los Muralistas collective are also members of El Puente CADRE (Community Artists’ Development & Resource Exchange/Colectiva para Recursos y Desarollo de Artistas Comunitarios), a diverse artist network that serves as a platform for primarily Latino artists in Los Sures to network and collaborate on projects, create and facilitate strategies that will grow and sustain capacity to lead and contribute to the cultural community of Brooklyn.