Branded Arts have just wrapped up the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, as part of its LAUSD mural festival series, a large-scale project that started with the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in 2016. Branded Arts invited over 30 local and international artists to paint a series of murals dedicated to the ideals of Dr. Maya Angelou, and to create murals that fit within the cultural landscape of the community.
For the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, Branded Arts invited artists from the local community as well as world renowned artists. Muralists included 1010, Add Fuel, Daniel Arsham, Axel Void, Bliss One, Brushwork, Victoria Cassinova, The Clover Signs, Enk One, Josh Everhorn, Shepard Fairey, Faith XVLII, Rob Hill, Huge, JR’s Inside Out Project, L.E.O., Jona Meelan, Mictlan Murals, Mr B Baby, Ni Santas, Nunca, Perez Bros, Petal 1, Rabi of Cyrcle, Raquel Rojas, Tochtlita, Valfre, Shawn Michael Warren, Andi Xoch, Joan Zeta, and ZUCO
“Our goal is for these murals to become permanent gifts to the community,” WARREN BRAND
Rabi of Cyrcle teamed up again with the french artist JR’s inside out project, the last time was 7 years ago in Paris. The inside out project was created by JR to help people stand up for what they care about, one portrait at a time.
The black and white ‘inside out project’ portraits for the Maya Angelou Mural Festival were the students of the Maya Angelou Community High School and these were pasted onto the wall first. Rabi then painted the body of Maya Angelou holding a young image of herself in a frame, with a bird in front of her face and the caged wire cut open, with reference to her famous quote “I know why the caged bird sings”. Rise was written multiple times in red at the base of a ladder.
The mural is a beautiful tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and provides encouragement for the schools young adults.
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
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