For release on April 29, 2015   CONTACT:
Alisha Schoen, Deputy District Attorney
Community Prosecution Unit
(408) 808-3766   DA SPONSORS LOCAL ARTIST TO BEAUTIFY PARK    

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  The District Attorney’s Office has sponsored a local artist to paint a pair of oft-tagged electrical boxes to help beautify a San Jose park.
The colorful new murals in Buena Vista Park, on Scott Street between Mayellen and Menker avenues, will be officially unveiled this Saturday at 2 p.m. The murals are the latest example of the citywide Art Box Project, which has partnered in the Buena Vista Park murals.
Catrina Sida, the local artist who painted them, will be there along with Community Prosecutor Alisha Schoen, who came up with the project. The public is invited.   Said Deputy District Attorney Schoen: “The electrical boxes have gone from eyesores to a beautiful depiction of nature and family, and that depiction is truly reflective of the neighborhood."
 
Ms. Sida, the muralist, is a San Jose native who lives in the neighborhood. She studied art at San Jose City College. Public art, Ms. Sida says, has an infectious quality, getting people talking and uniting them.
The murals, paid for by the District Attorney’s Office, cost about $850.   The Community Prosecution Unit - each DDA assigned to a different San Jose neighborhood works with local citizens, businesses, as well as county and city agencies, to help tackle local crime problems. Some of their efforts include youth crime prevention, gun buybacks, and graffiti abatement.   Art Box Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Flyer                         # # #

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