Múcaro’s Rising

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Client: 2K Foundations

Location: Loíza, PR, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Artist

NiNo

FB & IG: @LeaveItToNiNo

Client

Gavin Smith

Made with NRG

Client

2K Foundations

2K Foundations

Overview

Puerto Rican artist NiNo designed, painted and restored the first basketball court sponsored by 2K Foundations in collaboration with Project Backboard in the island where he was born and raised.

Goals

2K Foundations was created to support under-served communities across the nation by refurbishing basketball courts in neighborhoods that need them the most. In this case for the first time in the city of Loíza, Puerto Rico. They worked closely with local artist, El NiNo, they picked his design, he painted and remodeled the court to be solar powered. In addition, to create an inspiring successful outreach program to involve the Villas de Loíza community in the painting and restoring process.

Process

In 2017, Loíza, like so many of Puerto Rico’s cities and municipalities, was left devastated by Hurricane Maria. 2K Foundations partnered with Puerto Rican artist, Nino Alicea, to create a unique court design symbolizing the strength and resilience of the Puerto Rican people, while reinforcing the message…“This Puerto Rico Will Rise.” The basketball court is a hub for community activity and the members took great pride in helping to restore the court.

Additional Information

2K Foundations in collaboration with Made with NRG contacted El NiNo to help them create their first project in the island of Puerto Rico. Their first project was such a success. NiNo also assisted with his local network with paint and tools to help restore their second basketball court in the city of Toa Baja.