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The Subaru of America Foundation helped the Perkins Center for the Arts develop this stunning mural in Camden, New Jersey.


LOCATED IN MOORESTOWN, NEW JERSEY, The Perkins Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in the arts. The center provides a variety of creative opportunities for people of all ages at every level of artistic development, and the Subaru of America Foundation helps support two of its community-based efforts.

Founded in 1985, the center’s Summer Arts and Creativity Camp brings children from inner-city Camden, New Jersey together with children from communities surrounding the Perkins Center. The camp offers four, two-week sessions for 6- to 11-year old children, and each session offers a wide range of visual and performing arts activities, including theater, yoga, storytelling, photography, music and sculpture. The camp’s programs help campers experience the joys and challenges of learning through the arts.

In addition to the summer camp, the Subaru of America Foundation also helped support the center’s efforts to add an outdoor mural to Camden’s Molina Elementary School. With the help of two youth apprentices, the three-story-tall mural was completed by Mexican visual artist Cezar Viveros in two months. The 21 people depicted in the painting include the school’s staff and students, and the design includes objects and imagery to celebrate Camden’s cultural diversity. Viveros wanted the mural to combine the Mexican tradition of mural art with a contemporary view of the world.

The mural was dedicated on January 12, and is the third mural the Perkins Center has created in Camden.