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Community Mural for Mamas of Color Rising

Sun, October 14, 2012 | Urban Market, on the corner of 12th and Chicon

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Toofly @ CWGS conference closing event, a benefit for Mamas of Color Rising
Toofly @ CWGS conference closing event, a benefit for Mamas of Color Rising

Graffiti artist Toofly came into town to participate in the CWGS collaborative conference Rethinking Power & Resistance (October 5-6). She created live art at the conference closing event that was also a benefit for Mamas of Color Rising. This weekend she will create a community mural to launch the new Mamas of Color Rising initiative, the Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana Pregnancy Clinic dedicated to assisting pregnant African American and Latina women who lack access to a diversity of healthcare options.

The celebration will be held at Urban Market, on the corner of 12th and Chicon and will feature a mural painting by graffiti artist Toofly. The celebration is family-oriented and will also feature fun activities for children, giveaways, food and music. 

Contact: Paula Rojas or (512) 563-3113

Graffiti artist Toofly will paint a public mural to serve as a permanent billboard for the clinic. TOOFLY is an NYC-based artist, designer, and entrepreneur, recognized for her hard and fluid style, as well as her “around the way girl”. TOOFLY gained popularity in the graffiti scene as a teen because she was one of the only females who stepped up to paint in a male dominated scene. She empowered various women to follow suit, and, in 2007, co-founded an international female arts collective entitled YOUNITY. TOOFLY also runs a successful independent design company called STAY TRU, where she consults, designs, and develops urban art youth workshops. Toofly is visiting Austin for  conference and is donating her time to support Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana clinic.

Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic/ Mama Sana Clinica Prenatal was developed to address some longstanding health disparities within the Latino and Black low income communities of Austin. Paula Rojas, program coordinator for the clinic says that “the abundance of pregnancy  and birth support services available in Austin is not accessible to all mothers and babies”.  Over 25.9% of Latina women in Austin receive no prenatal care vs. 7.8% of white women. Travis County’s infant mortality rate was recorded as 5.8 per 1,000 live births for white women and 20.5 – or more than 150% higher – for Black women. Rojas continues "the United States ranks 50th in the world when it comes to safety in birth, and Travis County rates are worse than the national averages, particularly for African American and Latina women". Kellee Coleman, outreach coordinator for the clinic says that “the goal of project is to connect with low-income Black and Latina mothers in Austin, to foster personal and collective empowerment while providing free prenatal care and education”. There are economic, cultural and language barriers for many women. Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana women’s clinic will address these barriers.  This project will provide free group prenantal care appointments with individual physical exams by doctors from Blackstock Family Health Center and community midwives. This innovative approach will include on-site Mama Baila prenatal dance classes, individualized nutrition support, and an emotional support group, one for African American mothers and one for Latina mothers run in Spanish.


Mamas of Color Rising (MCR) is a grassroots organization of women of color working collectively to address social justice issues affecting mothers and children in Austin. Urban Market, run by Mr. Asma Zakzok is an eastside community business donating a wall in support of the clinic. This event is also sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the Multicultural Engagement Center.

Sponsored by: Mamas of Color Rising, Urban Market, Center for Women's & Gender Studies UT Austin, Multicultural Engagement Center UT Austin

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