As artist Janson Rapisarda put the finishing touches on a mural on the side of Hall Bicycle Company, bicyclists pumped their pedals, speeding by his work on the trail that cuts through downtown Cedar Rapids.
A large crowd marched from the Ingredion plant to the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center on Thursday evening, as the union workers continue their nearly two month long strike. They’re negotiating for better pay and hours, and protections of their health care options.
On any given day, he goes out into the community, builds relationships with people experiencing homelessness. By bringing Shelter House services to them, he establishes a trust that is otherwise difficult to build in these situations.