Meet Lara Gonzalez! Lara is 1/3 of the west African drumming group “Marafanyi Drum Dance & Song”. DownStreet Art is so excited to be collaborating with the ladies of Marafanyi for an unforgettable project, #MarafanyiMeetsTheMural 

Alaa Awad’s “Justice” mural, located on Center St, becomes the catalyst for a community collaboration with Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song.

The ladies of Marafanyi will collaborate with community members of all abilities during 4 Creative Labs over the summer to compose, choreograph and arrange a unique music/dance/spoken word interpretation of Awad’s mural.

This wonderful opportunity to create meaningful art is free and open to the community – all are welcome! The Creative Labs will be lead by the teaching and performing artists of Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song – Lara Gonzalez with Yael Shacham & Lisa Gonzalez-Howell. 

The creative labs will be held on the following Saturdays at Commonfolk Artist Collective located at 33 Main St: 7/30, 8/20, 9/3 and 9/24 with a Culminating Share at the final 2016 DownStreet Art Celebration on Thursday 9/29.

For more information, and to sign up, please email Marafanyi at or visit