On Saturday, June 13, 2020, 18 diverse local artists came together for an historic public art project - - to paint a mural featuring the message “END RACISM NOW # BLM” on the street in front of the Winston-Salem City Hall at 101 N. Main Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The Winston-Salem Community Mural Project was a collaborative grassroots project, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It was organized by Rasheeda Shankle in partnership with The City of Winston-Salem, The Minister’s Conference Winston-Salem Vicinity, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, Triad Cultural Arts, Honorable Youth, and community leaders Joshua Mack, Chelsea Jones, Casey Jones, and Larry Barron. Lead artists for the project will be compensated for their artwork by a grant from the Artists Thrive initiative supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
“This project is an artistic showing of solidarity,” said organizer Rasheeda Shankle. “When we come together as a community we can make a real impact and change the world.”
“Artists have always been thought-leaders and activists for social justice and positive change,” said Dara Silver, Vice President of Grant Programs and Partner Relations of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. “They use the creative power of the arts to challenge how we see the world and inspire us to bring about social change that improves the human condition.”
The following artists in order of letter painted participated in the mural. Please support our local artists by buying their artwork and hiring theme for commissions. If you have any questions about local artists or public art contact Dara Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, about the project contact Rasheeda Shankle, at email@example.com or 336-684-8618.
Photos of the day's event
All photos are by Owens Daniels copyright 2020.
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