The Calle 16 Mural Project was born out frustration. Feeling helpless and frustrated over the tarnished image of Phoenix in the aftermath of SB1070, a group of friends gathered. The mural project is a first step in achieving the ultimate goal of creating a community of art, cuisine and culture. Artist Hugo Medina, Artist Gennaro Garcia and Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza have helped lend their expertise and leadership in order to raise funds for the project. These beautiful murals can be found in the area around 16th Street between Thomas and McDowell Roads. More info at

Photos by Amy Brown.