First of 6 community murals unveiled at HANDY

Brett Shweky, South Florida Sun Sentinel
·1 min read

Centered on inspiring the residents of Broward County, Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth (HANDY), Broward College’s Broward UP and Twenty6North Productions recently joined forces to unveil a pilot mural on the outside walls of HANDY’s headquarters building, 1717 N. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.

Before the end of last year, Broward College and Twenty6North Productions reached out to HANDY, hoping for it to serve as the first organization to donate its wall space for the initiative. With six murals in total already planned, future murals will be unveiled throughout the year.

Broward UP plans to create a series of murals focused on zip codes with disproportionately high unemployment rates, low education attainment and household income levels.

“This mural is a testament to our youth revealing that there is no limit to how much they can dream, build and achieve. This artwork unifies two local guardians of the Community of Hope, HANDY and Broward College,” HANDY CEO Kirk Brown said in a statement. “We are demonstrating that together, we can unlock our youth’s unlimited potential by embracing, educating and empowering them to have a successful future.”

South Florida muralist and artist Nate Dee was selected to spearhead the design of the mural. After a discussion with HANDY youth, Dee decided to use yellow, red and green to associate the organization’s three pillars: embrace, educate and empower.