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Mural collaboration with McGrath House residents featured in the Boston Globe

July 5, 2017

BOSTON -- The Boston Globe's Bethany Ao interviewed residents of CRJ's McGrath House, a reentry center for women leaving incarceration, about their experience collaborating with artist and activist Ann Lewis on a striking mural that's going up at 808 Tremont St. in Boston's South End.

The residents opened up to Ao about battling the stigma of having been incarcerated and standing up for women everywhere.

Lewis and her team expect to have the mural completed later this month. The 45-foot-tall image features a photograph of McGrath House resident Laura Minot above the word "choice" spelled out in a maze-like pattern against a backdrop of black and fluorescent red paint. 

Minot told the Globe she didn't realize at first how large the mural would be.

"I didn’t realize it was this public,” Minot said. “At first I was a little nervous, but I was OK with it in the end because I’ll stand up for women all day long.”

Now and There, a Boston-based nonprofit that funds public art projects in the city, partnered with Lewis and reached out to CRJ to have McGrath House residents collaborate on the project.

Click here to read the full Globe story.

Photo caption: McGrath House resident Laura Minot strikes a pose during an interview with the Boston Globe.