The Tri-City West Thornwood Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs will be revealing a new public art mural on Thursday, November 6th as part of the Phoenix Raceway’s Championship Weekend. One of the blank walls of the Club that connects to historic Avondale’s Deconcini Park has been transformed into an inspiring and dynamic mural, completed in aerosol paint by local artist Bacpac. Selected through a competitive process, Bacpac’s artwork will leave a storytelling artistic legacy for the community.
Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise, a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs, will be on hand to help reveal the new mural. “Bacpac’s artistic vision tells an important story of Phoenix Raceway and motorsports. Her artwork, done in aerosol, will inspire our Club kids and all visitors to Deconcini park. I envision this mural being another photo opp on a Raceway visitor’s trip to Avondale.”
WHO: Boys & Girls Clubs Members; muralist Bacpac, Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise: Phoenix Raceway’s President Julie Giese; and Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
WHAT: Mural reveal at Tri-City West Branch of Boys & Girls Club
WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2020; 4:30pm
WHERE: 301 E. Western Ave., Avondale, AZ 85323
WHY: Phoenix Raceway commissioned the community mural more than six months ago in preparation for the Championship Week which will bring thousands of visitors to Avondale and the West Valley.
Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, remarked, “Public art pieces like this bring together education, commerce and art. Our members had the opportunity to watch bacpac transform a blank wall into a dynamic story about NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway. It shows them how the arts can be cool, make our community more beautiful and tell a story about our history,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley.
Phoenix Raceway’s President Julie Giese led the investment in the mural project at the Club. “This mural honors the long history of Phoenix Raceway as well as our commitment to our community here in Avondale. This aerosol painted mural impresses on youth the everyday importance of art and how it can inspire a community and bring them together around something beautiful.”
Phoenix Raceway commissioned the mural more than six months ago in preparation for the NASCAR Championship Week which will bring thousands of visitors to Avondale and the West Valley.
Local artist and radio personality Bacpac was selected for the commission by Phoenix Raceway and the City of Avondale. “My art started with cars. I spray-painted numbers on demolition derby cars when I was a kid, always hanging around body shops and the tracks. I grew up in the custom car and motorcycle world so when NASCAR put out the Call to Artists, I had my hopes up.” She explained the importance of the mural to community youth, “Painting at the Boys & Girls Club is important to me. I think it’s critical that young peeps can see great things can be done with a spray can. You won’t get anywhere tagging. I have made my living doing aerosol art. We need to bring more art to our communities.”
Bacpac is also well known as a local DJ and produces a public affairs series/podcast, AZ Uncensored. She is working with the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) to develop a new radio program that will empower young Latinas and encourage them to share their voices via radio.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley (BGCAZ):
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 16,000+ young people in grades K-12. At 20+ Clubs across most of the Valley, BGCAZ provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people. For over 70 years, we have been creating equity and opportunity for youth through programs that create pathways to academic, career and workforce opportunities and achievement. We help young people make healthy decisions and focus on social and emotional development to build resilient young adults. Most importantly, we work to develop strong character and leadership skills by creating positive connections to caring adults. Boys & Girls Clubs employs a Formula for Impact for how the organization impacts the life of a child. For more information: visit www.bgcaz.org and @BGCArizona on social channels.