the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Youth Summit allows young people to listen and
voice opinions about underage drinking, it also provides a unique chance for the delegates
to artistically express their views. Throughout the Summit, the delegates will be working
on a six panel mural posing as the backdrop for the media conference on Tuesday, May 13.
Xavier Cortada, the artist overseeing the
production of the mural, believes it will give the delegates a meaningful and
exciting exercise through which they can articulate their collective and individual
Each of the six panels of the mural will
represent one of six points being brought up during the summit sessions: Media Influence,
Parental and Peer Pressure, Accessibility to Alcohol, Drunk Driving, and Law Enforcement.
Cortada will paint scenes depicting each of the six points on the panels.
Every single delegate, however, will be
asked to submit a small piece of paper with a message reflecting one of six points.
Cortada said he views his painting as
the outlining for the delegates messages.
providing a structure, around which they can have voices, Cortada said.
It only takes two minutes to write a strong
and creative message, Cortada said. It is important to sign and submit a
message because the delegates are saying they endorse the message behind the Summit.
Cortada feels that the mural can help people realize that underage drinking is a problem.
Pictures speak a thousand
words, Cortada said. When people see it, they have a direct impact... and
everything that has happened at this summit will be recreated.
According to Cortada, the 18 foot wide
and 4 foot high mural will hopefully be a traveling exhibit, perhaps even on the Capitol
or in a museum. Its final resting place, Cortada said, will eventually be the MADD
headquarters. Cortada stressed the point that all delegates are asked to sign the back of
the mural and to submit a message to it.
Art is universal, Cortada
said. This mural will serve as a record of what the youth of America came here to do
on Mothers Day weekend of 1997.