On June 10, more than 20 artists came to S. Tryon Street between Third and Fourth streets to paint the boards with messages of hope and progress. The goal of the artwork was to build bridges and to use artwork to heal the community. However, the artwork did more than provide a few moments of reflection for admirers. As part of the preserving the murals, the Charlotte Art League and several community partners including Levine Museum of the New South, The Mint Museum, The Harvey Gantt Center, The Arts Empowerment Project, and Charlotte Center City Partners, were inspired to create Building Bridges – Eliminating Racism Through Art, a community effort to continue dialogue about systemic racism in Charlotte.
Listen to local artists as they discuss the Black Lives Matter Murals and how art can both reflect the injustices in our society as well as propel us forward to address them. Natalie Frazier Allen, The Arts Empowerment Project, moderated this important discussion with Jim Dukes, Charlotte Art League, and Artists, DeNeer Davis and John Hairston, Jr.