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Maryland Public Art Project Makes Debut

A Public Art Across Maryland project supported by a Public Art Project grant debuted recently in Cambridge — a Harriet Tubman mural entitled Leading the Way, by artist Michael Rosato. The art adorns the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center and was implemented by Dorchester Center for the Arts and Alpha Genesis CDC. The concept for the mural went through several iterations with the community and resulted in Rosato painting Tubman extending her hand and reaching out of the building, inviting visitors in to learn the history of enslaved individuals. The public artwork became interactive when a young girl reached out to touch Tubman’s hand — a moment captured in a social media photo and shared worldwide.