El Futuro, Inc.

Photo courtesy of El Futuro

Photo courtesy of El Futuro

El Futuro is a volunteer-founded, nonprofit organization with a 15-year history of providing bilingual and culturally sensitive mental health services to central North Carolina’s Latinx community. Its mission is to nurture stronger families to live out their dreams. In May 2018, in order to accommodate providing more services to more families, El Futuro moved its downtown Durham clinic to the Lakewood community. Lakewood is one of Durham’s most diverse neighborhoods with one of the largest Latinx populations in the City. This new home is located within the emerging Reuse Arts District founded by their partner, the Scrap Exchange. This organization working in collaboration with additional community stakeholders and building off of existing long-term and recent partnerships, have come together to create a 2,760 square foot mural, depicting common struggles, while highlighting a shared hope for the future. Taking the artistic lead for the project is Cornelio Campos, a first-generation immigrant who is deeply rooted in Durham’s Latinx community. Through a variety of engagement strategies, this team will build on a design that is a synthesizing of words, images and symbolism shared by the community. The mural will be located at a gateway location within the Reuse Arts District and will be adjacent to a community garden.