Malvern Avenue mural "Black Broadway," by Pepe Gaka and young artists.

Anthony Tidwell working on “Black Broadway” with young Hot Springs artists.

Pepe Gaka (Giuseppe Percivati), a muralist who has worked in such far off places as Karachi, Pakistan, as well as in the U.S., is wrapping up his second Hot Springs mural. It’s “Black Broadway” and it’s being created with young artists and Anthony Tidwell of Cutwell 4 Kids to mark the history of Malvern Avenue. Models for the figures in the mural, on the wall of the Habitat for Humanity Restore at 350 Malvern Ave., were members of the community and musicians from Hot Springs World Class High School Band.


There will be a celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, with members of the band and their instruments. The mural is part of an effort to revitalize the Gateway Community Association and funded by grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the Wells Fargo Alliance, the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, Cutwell 4 Kids, the community association, local businesses and individuals.