Client: Black Art in America Foundation
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Completion date: 2022
Street Art Revolution was commissioned by Black Art in America Foundation to create a collaborative mural in celebration of the opening of the Black Art in America Gallery and Gardens on the occasion of Juneteenth, 2022. The commemoration of Juneteenth is an important reminder of the history of African-Americans in the United States — a timeline of trial, survival and triumph leading to an understanding of what can be achieved as a unified global community throughout the African Diaspora. The Street Art Revolution collective’s artists created a collaborative mural as a live painting experience in front of fluctuating live audiences over three days’ time. We were able to create visual concepts that transmitted a “live” message on the spirit of the Juneteenth celebration through connection with a stream of time. Mural elements combined abstract imagery with portraiture from the past, connecting through the present and to the future of what has grown into a global family narrative telling a story of resilience and self-determination.
We wanted to connect with and enhance the mission of the Black Art in America Foundation and its community of Patrons.
The artists worked together to create the mural in a collaborative process. This type of cooperative, collective mural-making requires trust and respect from each member of the team. The process allows the public to see how a large-scale art piece is created from beginning to end. A lot of creative energy is shared during the process.
Juneteenth is a day filled with pride reflecting the heritage of many African-Americans. The word "Juneteenth" is derived from the combination of the words "June" and "19th" marking the day in 1865 when Union Soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas. This event signified the end of the Civil War and is a milestone and marker of the day when enslaved people of African descent in the United States were considered to be legally freed. Now, 155 years later, the holiday is celebrated across the United States