MILWAUKEE – As the Milwaukee Bucks continue to have success inside and outside of the court paint, the Moody Park basketball courts are getting a fresh coat of paint that’s more than just a few brush strokes.
Several community organizations, local artists and volunteers work together on the project.
“There’s a huge meaning behind it for bringing awareness to self-love and mindfulness,” said Jamahl Turner, lead artist on the project.
Artist Jamahl Turner, alongside Activate Milwaukee and several local organizations, including the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevent, Friends of Moody Park and Program the Parks MKE, is revitalizing Moody Park’s basketball courts.
“You can see there are actually three different pitches here and they all form in one direction when you put the dots of the half pitch together they form a triangle so the goal is for each pitch to have its own message. and its own meaning that kids can take away,” Turner said.
Art begins a new chapter for Moody Park. Two years ago, this is where 20-year-old Quanita “Tay’ Jackson was shot by a stray bullet. Jackson was a community activist who also promoted change in Milwaukee.
“It’s going to be cherished by our community because a lot of them are already getting it for the message that it’s for Tay. It’s not just about repainting the field, it’s for Tay,” Turner said.
They can’t do it alone, they ask community members to come and help them paint. Finding more information is as easy as pulling out our phone, scanning the QR code and going to their website.
“The main goal of this for me, even though that’s the mission with this, my main goal is to change the paradigm with the children. To restore this value in themselves so that they can understand what they can bring to life,” Tourneur said.
Turner says he plans to paint inspirational quotes to create a lasting impact.
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“It’s more than just a project. It’s that seed that we can plant in Milwaukee that can become the change that changes everything,” Turner said.
Turner says they plan to complete the project by July 17 – just in time for Game 5. Volunteers are welcome to stop by and help paint the courts anytime July 14-16.