Laloland: Empowering young people to paint in community

Phoenix-based painter and muralist Lalo Cota has made his mark through his vibrant imagery that fuses together life, death, sombrero-shaped spaceships, Mexican folk art, and lowrider culture. In collaboration with Alhambra Elementary School District art teacher Candace Greene, Cota has grown his practice in a way that now invites students of all ages to co-create with him in public spaces throughout the Phoenix metro area.

This story was produced at the 2022 SRL Summer Academy by fellows Alexa D’Amato, Ajani Obaseki, Lily Ramos, and Ingrid Ramos-Aranda. Support provided by educator Mike Conrad and SRL StoryMaker Community Manager Emily Hope Dobkin.