'Irvington is Everyone' displays children's artwork to unify community

Children's artwork in one Westchester river town community is sending a welcoming message in these divisive times.

News 12 Staff

Sep 19, 2020, 4:12 PM

Updated 1,395 days ago

Share:

Children's artwork in one Westchester river town community is sending a welcoming message in these divisive times.
From a barbecue restaurant to a photo studio and a popular neighborhood market, residents walking on Main Street in downtown Irvington these days will see local merchants proudly displaying colorful children's artwork in their shop windows.
“Welcome” is the message behind a new community-driven initiative called "Irvington is Everyone."
Second grader Ava Magallon has her artwork displayed on Geordanes, the local market. She included a word in Spanish.
"That means welcome, because all are welcome," Ava Magallon says.
Her older sister, Alyssa, has artwork on display as well that also sends a strong message to the community.
"They can come together around one thing. It's a heart which obliviously represents love one another," Alyssa Magallon says.
Arlene Burgos is one of the Irvington residents behind the campaign.
"I think the idea was just to really have a visible sign of how we feel as a community," Burgos explains.
The "Irvington is Everyone" campaign is happening just as nearby Dobbs Ferry grapples with allegations of intolerance and racism.
Police are investigating after T-shirts telling people to respect the village were allegedly sent to new people of color who were moving into the community.
"I think part of the problem is, I think leading up to the elections, there are people getting very heated on both sides," Burgos says.
As tension heats up elsewhere, Irvington is sending a message that it is a connected, diverse and inclusive community.


More from News 12
1:51
HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory continues through Wednesday, evening pop-up storms likely in the Hudson Valley

HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory continues through Wednesday, evening pop-up storms likely in the Hudson Valley

0:39
Lightning strikes tree in Yorktown Heights, causes house fire

Lightning strikes tree in Yorktown Heights, causes house fire

7:10
Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

1:54
Medical professionals in the Hudson Valley discuss how to stay safe in the heat

Medical professionals in the Hudson Valley discuss how to stay safe in the heat

1:36
43 sick cats rescued from scorching hot van in Newburgh

43 sick cats rescued from scorching hot van in Newburgh

1:35
Port Jervis summer camp program on pause due to extreme heat

Port Jervis summer camp program on pause due to extreme heat

1:42
Firefighters battle blaze in extreme heat in Verplanck

Firefighters battle blaze in extreme heat in Verplanck

1:48
Meals on Wheels of Rockland keeps seniors fed and cool during hot summer

Meals on Wheels of Rockland keeps seniors fed and cool during hot summer

1:52
Popular high-powered rifle used in Trump rally shooting

Popular high-powered rifle used in Trump rally shooting

1:35
Families flock to Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers to stay cool

Families flock to Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers to stay cool

Heat Alert: Energy companies urge conservation as temperatures soar

Heat Alert: Energy companies urge conservation as temperatures soar

0:43
MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

2:58
INTERVIEWS: Local Hudson Valley leaders discuss assassination attempt of former President Trump

INTERVIEWS: Local Hudson Valley leaders discuss assassination attempt of former President Trump

2:14
Don't be caught in the dark: Are you ready to power through hurricane season?

Don't be caught in the dark: Are you ready to power through hurricane season?

3:30
Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

5:30
In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

1:40
Chappaqua reacts to assassination attempt on former President Trump

Chappaqua reacts to assassination attempt on former President Trump

1:54
Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

2:07
A look back at US political violence that changed history

A look back at US political violence that changed history

2:31
Pace professor weighs political rhetoric, gun control in wake of Trump rally shooting

Pace professor weighs political rhetoric, gun control in wake of Trump rally shooting