BLOOMFIELD, NJ – On a sundrenched Sunday afternoon, Bloomfield residents held a Chalk The Street event in the downtown area on Washington Street in support of Black Lives Matter.

The community event came about from a Facebook group called The Bloom.  Many local artists helped make today’s event a big success, with messages of strength, hope and peace colorfully drawn on the pavement.

Steven Crooks did the outline of the lettering, while Lovlee Art Studio provided the chalk and paint brushes to the participants of all races and ages.

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Bloomfield Councilwoman Jenny Mundell helped facilitate the event that meant so much to those in the community.

“The resident who approached me about holding this event was inspired by the Black Lives Matter street painting in Washington D.C.,” said Mundell.  “We started talking about what would be possible in Bloomfield and decided that a community chalk event would create a meaningful opportunity for residents who wanted to show their support but may not have felt comfortable in a large crowd at one of the community protest walks.”

Selah Walton of Bloomfield performed spoken-word poetry.  Darnell Jones of Bey Art Studio of Bloomfield and local artist Jean Savage painted store-front windows. 

Jade Carranza, a Bloomfield Middle School 8th grader, also showcased her talents with window paintings..

“I am moved by the way the community came together today to express themselves and their support of communities of color through art.” Mundell added.

DJ Corey of Bloomfield provided music and the Bloomfield Center Alliance provided additional support.