The Doe Fund and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids Unveil Mural in Harlem Center for Opportunity

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Local teens and Doe Fund ‘trainees’ celebrate partnership aimed at empowering youth, promoting self-sufficiency, and fostering Harlem community and culture.

"Work Works" and "Art Works"

In partnership with The Doe Fund, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW) will unveil an original mural painted at The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity as a means to empower student artists once engaged with the juvenile justice system, promote self-sufficiency, and celebrate Harlem community and culture. The brightly-colored 640 square-foot mural depicts The Doe Fund’s iconic “men in blue,” who clean more than 150 miles of New York City streets each day as part of a broad-based transitional employment program for formerly homeless and incarcerated men. The unveiling will take place on Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m. at The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity, located at 2960 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 155th Street. Photo and interview opportunities will be available of the “men in blue” and graduates of CAW’s summer youth employment program against the mural’s colorful backdrop, celebrating the stunning joint achievement evidencing “Work Works” and “Art Works.”

Those joining the celebration will include:

  •     George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund
  •     Brian Ricklin, Executive Director & CEO of Creative Arts Workshops for Kids
  •     Youth members of CAW and the “men in blue” of The Doe Fund (in uniform)

WHAT: Unveiling of youth-created ‘Creative Arts Workshops for Kids’ Mural at The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity

WHEN: August 15th 2012, 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: 2960 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Dining Hall)

About The Doe Fund
Headquartered in New York City, The Doe Fund is a $50 million, multi-disciplinary human services agency that helps 1,000 people every day to better their circumstances through programs providing paid work; workforce development and job placement; transitional, supportive, and permanent housing; drug testing and counseling; and comprehensive social and educational services. All once homeless or incarcerated, the “men in blue” of the organization's flagship program, Ready, Willing & Able, can be seen cleaning 150 miles of New York City streets every day. This paid transitional work is the first step they take toward self-sufficiency, and they complete Ready, Willing & Able with full-time, permanent employment, apartments of their own, and their sobriety. To learn more, visit, or

About Creative Arts Workshops for Kids
Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW) is a nonprofit organization that uses visual, performing, and technology arts and design to teach job and developmental skills to underserved youth ages 4-24 throughout East Harlem, Central Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. CAW offers free Saturday and after-school workshops and full-time summer jobs that empower youth to improve their leadership and creative problem-solving skills, appreciate consequence-based decision-making and build self-confidence and other tools for positive self-expression while deepening the relationship between themselves, art and community to create positive change in their lives. To learn more, visit
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