TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The goal for murals in Tucson has always been to give people from all over Tucson something to bond over.
This time is no different.
In this alleyway off of 6th Avenue, trash and litter line the walls.
"I've walked down a bunch of these alleys and I always think about how they're dirty," said Jamaine Miller.
But with a broom and a rake, something is changing. In a small group of helpers, Miller did his part.
"I connected with somebody who is also doing amazing things who I just wanted to help him out," Miller said.
Though, connection is a theme in this 6th Avenue alley.
"There's so much talent in Tucson," said Ignacio Garcia, one of the artists working on murals downtown. "I think this is a great way to expose that."
Garcia has been painting colorful pinatas along the brick wall on the side of the UPS store.
Each stroke of the paintbrush is part of a longer process. It takes willpower and concentration.
"Sometimes I don't eat because I'm so locked in," Garcia explained.
This particular mural he’s working on, though, includes a special piece of his own life. Aside from the pinatas, it features his son.
"It was supposed to be a secret," he laughed about word getting out. "But I think he'll be really excited about this piece."
A portrait of his son isn't the only part where family comes into play.
Garcia explained art is in his DNA.
"It's something that I can't control," Garcia said. "Something in my mind that just doesn't stop. It's just my personality."
That part of himself is one he hopes to pass on.
“It comes down from my grandfather, to my father, to me, and now hopefully my son.”
He's connected through his family and now to our Tucson community, filled with people like Jamaine Miller.
"People are just welcoming and calm and happy," Miller said, "Willing to connect and talk to people."
"For me to do that for them, I'm honored," said Garcia.
A representation of that humanity here at home. Coming together in downtown Tucson.
Ignacio Garcia’s mural is only one of four being worked on in Tucson at the moment and is located in an alleyway on 6th Avenue, just north of Congress.
Mural artist Joe Pagac is working on his at 601 N. Stone Avenue.
The other two will be at 35 W. Alameda Street and 86 E. Alameda Street.