The correlation between a public art installation and Juneteenth lies in their shared ability to evoke emotions, spark conversations, and inspire positive change in society.
The murals in this year’s public art project serve as a powerful medium to commemorate Juneteenth, a significant event in American history. Each of the four murals, similar in theme, highlights the journey of slaves in servitude to community leaders in servant leadership roles emphasizing the values of empathy, compassion, and social responsibility.
The art installation is designed to foster dialogue and reflection, inviting viewers to engage with the themes of liberation, resilience, and social justice that are central to Juneteenth. They serve as a platform for storytelling, amplifying the voices and experiences of African Americans and their journey toward freedom. Ultimately, the Juneteenth public art murals will educate and raise awareness about this important milestone in the fight for equality. The public nature of the installation makes Juneteenth more visible and accessible to the community, promoting inclusivity and unity.
Volunteers are invited to paint a portion – 1 stroke or 100 strokes – of the murals at the Reginald C. Adams Art Studio in the Third Ward. All supplies are provided and the artists will provide guidance.
Data from the Social Impact of the Arts wheel provided by Americans for the Arts.