Juniper Creative Arts is a Vermont-based Black and Dominican family collective that facilitates community mural projects with colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and community-based organizations. They are nationally recognized muralists, facilitators, and educators with a mission-driven practice of creating art that both involves and celebrates historically excluded communities. They use visual art and murals to lift up the voices, images, and people that are often left in the margins. Their work and vibe is inspired by their cultural and spiritual lineages, urban art, Hip-Hop culture, the mystical, and the natural world. They believe in the power of the arts to heal, bring people together, build community, and create dialogue. Their mural initiatives involve developing a shared vision and visual narrative that speaks to and honors the collective voices of the community who they are working with.
About the Artists
Juniper Creative consists of mural artist and illustrator Will Kasso Condry, creative director Jennifer Herrera Condry, and artist apprentice Alexa Herrera Condry.
Will Kasso Condry
Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Will Kasso is a renowned visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator. Kasso studied fine art and illustration at The College of New Jersey as a first-generation college student. He furthered his education in the art of aerosol painting with the mentorship of legendary graffiti artist Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins. Kasso refined his artistry in large-scale mural production under the tutelage of Dave McShane at Mural Arts Philadelphia. He has taught courses on the origins and politics of Graffiti and Street Art and the elements of Hip-Hop at Middlebury College. For over 20 years, Will’s public art initiatives and civic engagement have helped vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso is a visionary artist whose works are characterized by their Afro-futuristic aesthetic, intricate layers and explosions of color. His philosophy is to use murals as a vehicle for community-building, activism, beautification, and healing.
Jennifer Herrera Condry
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Jennifer is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She worked for 22 years as a student affairs professional with a focus on multicultural student success before leaving to focus on building Juniper Creative Arts. During her 18 year tenure at Middlebury College, Jennifer led efforts for the retention and care of college students from marginalized identities and developed co-curricular programs to support student success, identity development and sense of belonging. She is a 200-hour certified Hatha Yoga practitioner, an energy worker with Level 3 certification in Healing Touch and Level 2 certification in the Usui System of Reiki Healing, and a spiritual herbalist. She holds an M.A. in Spanish linguistics from the Middlebury Language Schools and a B.F.A in art history and business from Hunter College. Jennifer is a creative director, concept designer, and visionary who facilitates creative place-making to foster community-building, personal expression, sense of belonging, and healing.
Alexa Herrera Condry
Alexa is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A. in studio art and computer science. She is an illustrator and photographer and is currently apprenticing under Will Kasso in aerosol painting and mural arts. Alexa is an energy worker trained in meridian healing. She has a Level 3 certification in Healing Touch, and is a spiritual herbalist. Alexa is the lead art-making facilitator for K-5 community mural projects.
Since 2017, Jennifer and Will have facilitated mural projects for Middlebury College’s Anderson Freeman Resource Center and the McCullough Student Center, Princeton University’s Butler College and the Carl Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, University of Vermont’s Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Ripton Elementary School, and Middlebury Union High School.
Juniper Creative Arts team has facilitated mural projects for Ben and Jerry’s at the Scoop Shop and Arts Riot, American Flatbread-Middlebury Hearth, Champlain Elementary School, ONE Community Center, Café Mamajuana, and Addison Central Teen Center. Juniper Creative is currently installing a 600 square foot mural on a vaulted ceiling at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. The mural is documenting 229 years of BIPOC revolutionary history and features artists, activists, scholars, and a section highlighting Black Vermonters.
Juniper Creative has extensive experience creating murals utilizing a variety of media and substrate material including parachute cloth and exterior metal ducts. They especially utilize parachute cloth for community mural projects as a way to incorporate artwork contributions from participants.
Middlebury College McCullough Student Center
Princeton University-Butler College
Ben and Jerry’s
Middlebury College Anderson Freeman Resource Center
Middlebury Union High School + Middlebury College MLK Day of Action
Princeton University-Carl Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
We will facilitate an interactive workshop with stakeholders and/or community members that will inform the design for the mural, create a base concept, and direct a hands-on community paint day. After the community paint day, we will refine and detail the mural to completion.
Want to have Juniper Creative facilitate a community mural project for your school, community, or organization?