Together We Thrive is a bold community mural created by artist Silvia López Chavez on the exterior of the Egmont Public Housing Community Room.

The concept for this mural takes inspiration from the multi-cultural Egmont community, and the many ways this community space is enjoyed and used day-to-day. The colorful lush flora represent national flowers from many countries, accompanied by various musical instruments from around the world. The word ‘Welcome’ is sprinkled throughout the wall in 29 different languages which are known to be spoken in the community.

The mural was painted in July 2018 with community paint days and an unveiling celebration on July 28. Residents were part of the planning process from the beginning by posting ideas in the community room and through ongoing discussions.

This project speaks to our mission of providing meaningful experiences in the arts for our community and increasing access to art within and beyond our walls.

Together We Thrive was produced in partnership with Brookline Housing Authority, Brookline Food Pantry and Egmont Street Tenants Association with the generous support of Brookline Community Foundation, Economy True Value and Evelyn Berde.

About the Artist:

With roots in the Dominican Republic, Silvia López Chavez is an interdisciplinary artist who has based her art practice in the Boston area for over fifteen years. Her work is informed by her own personal narratives and responds to her identities as an immigrant, educator, artist and designer. She is motivated by the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her collaborative works with community partners and commissions include public art projects in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lynn, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Marblehead.

Chavez holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and has exhibited her work in solo and group shows including the Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston Children’s Museum and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is the current Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

In 2017, she completed a mural commissioned by Now and There Inc. on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston and another for the Punto Urban Art Museum. In 2016 she received a ‘Creative City’ grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts for Lemonade Stand, an interactive art installation throughout the city of Boston in partnership with another artist. Through a Boston Foundation grant in 2015, Chavez was commissioned by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4Si) to create a temporary public art installation called Color Up! in Dorchester, MA. The project invited the community to help design and apply temporary spray-painted patterns to surrounding areas of the Upham’s Corner train station as part of the Lighting The Line Project. In 2013, Silvia received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for her ‘Fresh Air: Portraits’ of Chelsea project; which explored the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA and was also a finalist for the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award. For two years, Chavez served as a Steering Committee member for the City of Boston Mayor’s Office to help shape the Boston Creates cultural plan for the city.

Chavez completed a mural for Northeastern University in May 2018. She is an artist in residence at Boston Children’s Hospital and continues her studio art practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

In addition to her fine art practice, she is an award-winning design professional, working for over 15 years with high-profile companies and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.