Brooklynites kick off summer at FamilyFest at Atlantic Terminal Mall

Spread Love: Volunteers help paint a mural during FAMILYFEST on June 22.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Brooklynites gathered for some communal paint by numbers at Atlantic Terminal Mall on June 22, where the shopping center invited locals to fill in a new mural by famed Brooklyn artist Patrick Dougher with vibrant colors.

Young artists: Children help paint the “Spread Love” mural near Atlantic Center.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

“I purposely designed it to be simple so that it would be accessible, and you didn’t have to be a great painter to participate,” said Dougher, who crafted the outline of the mural, which read, “Spread love.” “We had all skill levels helping. We had everyone from children to 80-year-olds helping out.”
Dougher — a lifelong Kings County resident — said about 150 people helped color the mural, which took its inspirational message from another famous Brooklynite.

Hop to it: Kids jump-rope and play doubledutch at FAMILYFEST on June 22.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way,” he said. “Biggie Smalls made the saying famous in the song ‘Juicy,’ and it’s just a nice motto that we live by.”

Check it: FAMILYFEST attendees play chess outside of the Barclays Center.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

The group painting session was the marquee attraction of FamilyFest, a free event that invited passersby to kick off the summer with athletic events and board games, in addition to the art.

A learning experience: Ricky Ravington, a member of New York Chess and Games, teaches children how to play chess at FAMILYFEST.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Throughout the four-hour event, guests listened to music and visited booths set up by local businesses, including an educational chess station hosted by New York Chess & Games, and immersive virtual reality tours from Yokey Pokey VR.

Creator: Patrick Dougher poses in front of the “Spread Love” mural he designed for FAMILYFEST on June 22.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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