The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is bringing together 16 artists to paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street in North Minneapolis in support of the Movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
The mural will be painted on the street at Plymouth Avenue between Penn and Newton Avenues on July 18, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Artists participating in the painting of the mural include Melodee Strong, Timi Bliss, Kelly Brown, Kenneth Caldwell, Christopheraaron Deanes, Reggie LeFlore, Beverly Tipton Hammond, A. Drew Hammond, Christopher Harrison, DeSean Hollie, Lissa Karpeh, Brittany Moore, Sean Philips, Broderick Poole, Donna Ray and Peyton Russell. Strong will lead the project. The event will be videotaped by Georgia Fort.
“This is a historic public art event to support the fight against systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in this country,” said Tina Burnside, MAAHMG co-founder and curator. “The museum also affirms that Black lives are sacred and urges a stop to the violence in the community. This mural will be a symbol of pride and empowerment in the community.”
The public is invited to come support, watch and celebrate Black lives at this outdoor event. Masks are required to stop the spread of COVID-19. The event is supported by community partners Seeds To Harvest / Urban Impact Fund Coalition which will provide volunteers and Afro Deli & Grill which will provide free meals for the artists.
For more information: www.maahmg.org.
Information provided by MAAHMG