This past Friday evening, there was a buzz outside the eatery Myke’s Cafe on Van Nuys Boulevard. Crowds gathered as Councilman Richard Alarcon unveiled the mural on the cafe’s side wall and honored muralist Kristy Sandoval and Ramiro “Rah” Hernandez, along with the restaurant owner Rafael Andrade and the youth of El Nido Family Centers.
El Nido sponsored the project and Rafael was gracious enough to allow his business wall to be painted by kids in the Gang Reduction Youth Development program. Muralists Kristy and Rah, who are originally from Pacoima and Van Nuys respectively, designed the mural and spent countless hours painting the work that they now call, “Mi Vida, Mi Cultura.”
The mural shows Rafael’s three daugthers riding bicycles and a young son jarocho group singing. While the mural includes many playful elements, much of it is underlined by culture and the importance of its retention for the young people in Pacoima.
See some of the snapshots yourself and be sure to leave a note of congrats for those involved.