There was no road map to follow as we started on the road to bring a voice, restorative justice through art to Native Communities. What we have discovered is a powerfully moving and healing journey with new friends and family.
Our greatest surprise was how completely invested the Youth Artist, even non- Artists were to complete the Vanessa Niko Memorial Mural Project in Upper Lake, CA. Their commitment to be onsite every morning, stand in the heat of the day and clean up every day was impressive- to say the least. A major driving factor was that daily, Vanessa’s mother, Aunts, cousins and children watched and joined them on the wall. It was for them, for Vanessa’s memory that they continued to drive on and complete the over 90 foot long mural. We congratulate them, we honor Vanessa’s family and her memory. As well, we stand with them as one voice- to see Justice for Vanessa.
Our thanks go to Ida Morrison, Brobborsia Thomas, Dianna Snyder and members of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake and others for their passion, vision and support. Vanessa’s image is now a permanent piece in the fabric of Upper Lake and its beauty will stand as a voice for the voiceless.