We often hear that art “heals” and art builds communities.

These two “truths” about the power of the arts were joined recently when Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and the City of Glendale unveiled a colorful mural depicting the city’s history on a vacant building at 57th Drive near Grand Avenue in late November.

Created by more than 150 children in foster care, the mural evolved as a special project from the national Make A Difference Day in October and was led by local artist Oliverio Balcells. Free Arts partnered with several other nonprofits on the project.

One of the young people involved in the project summed it up best, telling The Arizona Republic: “I think that art is a fun way to express your feelings, emotions.”