Witness community coming together at The Bushwick Collective
Joe Ficalora, a lifelong resident of Bushwick, refers to himself as an “accidental curator.” Ficalora started commissioning the murals as a way to reclaim the neighborhood from the painful memories of his past, including his father’s murder and mother’s death from brain cancer. What began as a neighborhood party in 2011 to raise money for children with brain tumors has since turned into a multi-street project where business owners donate their wall space and artists contribute time and supplies. There are currently around 50 murals, and the number is constantly growing. Artists include Nychos, Blek le Rat, Cost, Mast, Buff Monster and many more.