Community Mural for Mamas of Color Rising
Sun, October 14, 2012 • 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM • Urban Market, on the corner of 12th and Chicon
Toofly @ CWGS conference closing event, a benefit for Mamas of Color Rising
The celebration will be held at Urban Market, on the corner of 12th and Chicon and will feature a mural painting by graffiti artist Toofly. The celebration is family-oriented and will also feature fun activities for children, giveaways, food and music.
Contact: Paula Rojas firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 563-3113
Graffiti artist Toofly will paint a public mural to serve as a permanent billboard for the clinic. TOOFLY is an NYC-based artist, designer, and entrepreneur, recognized for her hard and fluid style, as well as her “around the way girl”. TOOFLY gained popularity in the graffiti scene as a teen because she was one of the only females who stepped up to paint in a male dominated scene. She empowered various women to follow suit, and, in 2007, co-founded an international female arts collective entitled YOUNITY. TOOFLY also runs a successful independent design company called STAY TRU, where she consults, designs, and develops urban art youth workshops. Toofly is visiting Austin for conference and is donating her time to support Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana clinic.
Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic/ Mama Sana Clinica Prenatal was developed to address some longstanding health disparities within the Latino and Black low income communities of Austin. Paula Rojas, program coordinator for the clinic says that “the abundance of pregnancy and birth support services available in Austin is not accessible to all mothers and babies”. Over 25.9% of Latina women in Austin receive no prenatal care vs. 7.8% of white women. Travis County’s infant mortality rate was recorded as 5.8 per 1,000 live births for white women and 20.5 – or more than 150% higher – for Black women. Rojas continues "the United States ranks 50th in the world when it comes to safety in birth, and Travis County rates are worse than the national averages, particularly for African American and Latina women". Kellee Coleman, outreach coordinator for the clinic says that “the goal of project is to connect with low-income Black and Latina mothers in Austin, to foster personal and collective empowerment while providing free prenatal care and education”. There are economic, cultural and language barriers for many women. Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana women’s clinic will address these barriers. This project will provide free group prenantal care appointments with individual physical exams by doctors from Blackstock Family Health Center and community midwives. This innovative approach will include on-site Mama Baila prenatal dance classes, individualized nutrition support, and an emotional support group, one for African American mothers and one for Latina mothers run in Spanish.