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Mayor Castor’s Art on the Block Installation at R.I.C.H. House Robles Park

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Mayor Jane Castor, along with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, will be dedicating the most recent installment of Art on the Block program, a mural at the R.I.C.H House at Robles Park. Local artist Ya Levy La’Ford, who was commissioned to create the mural, will be present with youth that contributed to the project.

Art on the Block is an initiative by Mayor Jane Castor that is envisioned to bring art and artists into the neighborhoods.  The intent of this program is to make art accessible to all, to encourage engagement and participation in the improvements that come to one’s own neighborhood.

WHO: Mayor Castor, Chief Dugan, Artist Ya Levy La’Ford

WHAT: Dedication of new Art on the Block mural

WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 3305 N Avon Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

About the Artist: Ya Levy La’ford is a professor, installation artist, and muralist. As a first-generation American, she moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities to try to find a universal language through her art. La’ford maintains her studio practice in St. Petersburg, Washington, DC, and New York.

About the R.I.C.H House: The R.I.C.H. house, supported by the Tampa Police Department and RISE Tampa, Our Police Foundation, works to enhance neighborhood safety through collaboration between police and residents in high-crime areas. The program offers underserved children a safe space where they can grow, learn, and play after school and during the summer.

Note: Masks are required at this event

For more information, contact:

Robin Nigh, Arts & Cultural Affairs Manager