The streets of Fresno are becoming a little more colorful.

The community came together Saturday for a beautification project. Starting bright and early at 5 a.m. community members in the Fresno High neighborhood began painting a crosswalk on Echo and Weldon Avenues.

It’s the first of eight crosswalks around the city to be transformed with art. Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and the Fresno Arts Council are spearheading the project with the help of local artist Mauro Carrera. The goal is to enhance neighborhoods with art to promote public safety and economic growth.

“We’ve been really fortunate to have a strong showing of neighborhood residents who brought their children so families are having a great time painting together,” said Fresno Arts Council Executive Director Lilia Chavez.

“We are excited the neighborhood will be able to enjoy art and hopefully be able to attract other folks to see what we’ve done and that it can be replicated throughout the entire city,” said Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria.

The project is done in part thanks to grants from the California Arts Council and Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria. On July 13th, they will paint another crosswalk at Olive and Wishon Avenues.