BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– A local muralist is taking his talents indoors to bring a bright spot for families experiencing homelessness.
Casey Milbrand, known for his bright murals that have become Instagram-worthy destination spots around the Queen City, is working with Family Promise of Western New York on a colorful painting inside the shelter.
“My goal was really to create a message of hope that fit their mission statement and ‘Let Hope Shine Through ‘ is what I came up with. It’s inspired by an Emily Sunday song that’s called ‘Shine’ and I used that as inspiration for the mural.”
Family Promise of WNY is one of only two shelters in Erie County taking families that include fathers and teenage sons. Over 70 percent of their residents are children so Executive Director Luanne Firestone says they wanted to make the building feel like home.
“We really want to make the building bright and colorful and inspiring and almost magical which in a way can help lessen the sting of homelessness.”
Milbrand says he hopes to do more projects like this and be able to see the effect his work has on those that need it most.
“Bringing murals to places where people need them the most is kind of the goal and not everyone can go to a gallery to see art. I think bringing art to where it’s most needed is very important.”
Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.