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Italian Street Artist to Paint Murals on Inwood Schools, Rockaway Pizzeria

By Nigel Chiwaya | April 1, 2014 10:06am
  Rockaway Beach, Muscota New School and Amistad Dual Language School will get murals from artist Alice Pasquini in April 2014.
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INWOOD — Two Inwood elementary schools are about to get a taste of Italian street art.

Muscota New School and Amistad Dual Language School will become a canvas for street artist Alice Pasquini later this month, as the hip-hop-inspired painter plans to install a mural for students and parents on Saturday, April 12.

The mural — expected to be painted near the school yard on a 30-foot-by-40-foot wall shared by the two co-located schools at 4962 Broadway near West 207th Street — will be the third Pasquini makes in the tri-state area this month, with others planned for Rockaway Beach and Jersey City.

Together the three murals will present "a story that will be told across the three walls," said Pasquini's spokeswoman, Jessica Stewart.

The uptown schools were selected as a site for the street art after Pasquini's representatives reached out to Muscota art teacher Sasha Schwartz, Stewart said.

"She was looking for interesting spaces to paint and after speaking with Sasha, hearing about her work with kids and learning more about Inwood, it seemed like the perfect space for Alice’s artwork," Stewart said.

Pasquini, 34, plans to install a mural at Ocean Pizza & Grill at 97-2 Rockaway Beach Blvd. near Beach 97th Street on Sunday, as part of Beautify Earth, an initiative to return art to the neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy.

The Rome-born artist is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in her hometown. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The Department of Education did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the planned mural.