Kafe Hub hosted its first installment of The RAW Art Project on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Riviera Beach cafe partnered with the Riviera Beach Police Department, Planned Parenthood and Healthier Neighbors to create a positive social experience for students from R.J. Hendley Christian Community School. Beethoven Francios, owner of Kafe Hub, says, “The reason why Kafe Hub is involved and doing this initiative is because we truly believe it’s important to influence art and culture in our community.” Moreover, Jeanette Marshall, Project Director for Healthier Neighbors, says the selected R. J. Hendley students “had a mission to improve behavioral health in their city.” The result was a collaborative ‘Kids And Cops’ mural painting that “depicts positive relationships with kids and cops in the community.” Marshall says.
The students came up with the mural concept and invited the School Resource Officer Unit (SRO) of the Riviera Beach Police Department to join the festivities. Officer V. Moyton says events like this are very important because “the community needs to know about what it is that police officers actually do.” He says that depictions of police officers can be biased and negative, but events like this will help change those stereotypes in Riviera Beach.
The RAW Art and Culture Project is an initiative that brings muralist, local schools and businesses together to showcase art. It is the overall mission of this movement to transform Riviera Beach into a city with artwork that celebrates the extraordinary diversity and history of the community, while pointing to the city’s aspirations for the future. To learn more about The RAW Art Project, watch the video above or visit www.kafehub.com.
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