Muralists from all around the world honoured Robert F. Kennedy, at the site of his assassination, for the RFK Mural festival, organised by Branded arts. Twenty eight artists were invited to paint a series of murals throughout the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools during a one week span from May 23-27, 2016.
RFK Community Schools is composed of six autonomous Pilot schools offering a Kinder through 12th grade campus on the site of the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The school was built to relieve underperforming and overcrowded schools located in Pico Union and Koreatown, and now serves over 4000 students.
Artists invited to paint were Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Soto, Sam Flores, Hueman, David Flores, Greg Mike, Curiot, Mad Steez, Cyrcle, Andrew Hem, Risk, Yoskay Yamamoto, James Bullough, Beau Stanton, Hebru Brantley, Hush, Charlie Edmiston, Colette Miller, Rob Hill, Dallas Clayton, Clinton Bopp, James Haunt, Jonas Never, UR New York, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga-Andrade, Paige Smith. Check out the damage below!
The RFK Mural festival continued to facilitate the importance of art in educational systems, hosting student and public engagement projects throughout the festival. Students were involved with mural production through workshops and seminars hosted by participating artists, and exhibited their artwork in the Paul Schrade Library Gallery along with other international artists. There were lectures and panel discussions, film screenings, and guided tours of the newly created onsite murals including a forty foot high portrait of Robert F. Kennedy by Shepard Fairey.
“Those with the courage to enter the conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe” Robert F. Kennedy