The summer of 2010, I worked as a teaching artist with Creative Artist Workshop for Kids in New York City. For 6 weeks I lead a team of local teens to complete a mural entitled The Flowers of the Past are the Gardens of the Futures in Harlem River Park. This mural consists of 3 archways that act as windows into the past and present time. The focus is on nature and local plants that inspire the foliage in each archway. Each student created a symbol that they felt represented their interests. then they repeated the shape with a stencil to create a pattern over different sections of the mural. Other elements in the mural include a seagull, a student sitting and sketching, and a fruit cart; these elements reference current activities happening in the park.