Revolution of the Groove - CODAworx

Revolution of the Groove

Submitted by Caron Bowman

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Client: West Palm Beach DDA, West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District, Subculture Group

Location: West Palm Beach, FL, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Curation

Street Art Revolution

Artist

Caron Bowman

Artist

Anthony Hernandez

Overview

This mural portrays six revolutionary African American artists who utilized their music to challenge entrenched ways of thinking about social injustice and racism. Featured musicians include Miles Davis, Nina Simone, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holiday. Several of these artists performed in West Palm Beach’s Historic Northwest neighborhood.

Goals

The power of music and its ability to communicate was a vital part of the civil rights movement,” said artist Caron Bowman. “Blues music tells the story of life’s difficulties and takes the hardest realities of black life and puts them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.” "If you draw from your roots, you can better derive where you’re going"

Process

The Revolution of the Groove mural is a collaboration between local Street Art Revolution artists Anthony Hernandez and Caron Bowman. And our cultural partners on the project were the West Palm Beach DDA, West Palm Beach Art and Entertainment District, and the Subculture Group.

Additional Information

Street Art Revolution and its artists have been behind a number of murals in Downtown West Palm Beach, including the recent “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” on display at Respectable Street at 518 Clematis St.