Susan's Philosophy...

"The mural movement itself is ethnically based. When you get ready to create a mural somewhere youíre sensitive to that place and its history. Weíre constantly finding new ways to express the history that we all share and make it more visible. Murals beautify and enhance a drab environment, just the colors alone. They are uplifting, life affirming."

"Murals are a real peoples art. People feel it is for them and about them. It concerns their hopes and dreams for a better future for everyone."

"Balmy Alley is a mural destination for most visitors. As the coordinator of the mural restoration project, I feel that it is most important to start there, and then work outward."

"A mural is a bridge to the community. The artists communicate with the people; meetings are held to discuss the issues. The result is a reflection, a mirror of that community."

"I donít think of any one culture while I am painting. I try to bring out whatís common in people. Hopefully theyíll see themselves in my work."

"I donít think that there should be any restrictions or censorship placed by governments on artists. I certainly feel visual information has a lot of power, but people should not fear it."

"My social responsibility as a public artist is to reflect the diversity of a community."

"People in the community have concerns, and it is important that they have a voice. Public art gives people that voice. It gives them the visibility of the hopes and dreams of their community."

"We believe hat through the various processes of creating public art, youth develop as artists and gain confidence in their ability to have a voice in the cultural life and the positive transformation of their city."

"Their vision is ours. This is our home, where we live and raise our families. We are proud of it."

"Every single kid has a design in this mural. No one was excluded from that opportunity, so they all feel that theyíre a part of it, and not separate from itÖ so itís really truly their mural."

"It is great being outside and painting really large, but more important was I saw how muralists worked with each other in a collaborative way, and respected each otherís efforts, and trying to paint what was important. And then the passersby would offer comments and I realized how important it was for artists to be visible to the community, and how good it was to have art become part of everyday life."

"Everyday you should be able to walk outside and see something being created. "

"Art is not part of what we see, and not part of what our children see. Itís so sad. I see cultural genocide occurring. Thereís a whole generation of kids without exposure to art. They havenít learned about whatís inside them."

"When we express our feelings through art, itís a release. It makes you begin to care and have compassion for things around you, if you see yourself in something youíve made."

"There is an artist within everyone and if everyone were creating something at the same moment there would be peace felt all over the world. "