By adding our voice to the global public art movement we have seen a transformation beyond the mural walls. Communities are coming together around the art to contribute to the re-imagining of their city artistically and socially. World-class artists are painting alongside children from local neighborhoods and inspiring future generations of artists. To date thousands of children and adults have contributed their time and creativity by volunteering on these murals.
Pillars Paint Party, Walls #20 - “Streetquiltz” (2015)
On the Nicholson Drive interstate pillars in Downtown Baton Rouge was completed in partnership with Mayor- President Kip Holden’s Love Your Block initiative to cover graffiti on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Local artist such as Marc Fresh Art, Clark Derbes and Charles Barbier worked along side over 100 community volunteers ranging from college students, University Laboratory School students, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge students, and Chilean exchange students.
P.3+Baton Rouge, Notes Upriver (2014-2015)
A collaborative project with The Elevator Projects presented dozens of installations, exhibitions, film screenings, and live events at over 15 locations throughout Baton Rouge. Notes Upriver occupied an entire vacant floor of the Chase Towers and fill the space with local contemporary art. The 15,000 square foot temporary alternate gallery space in the South Tower featured works by over 60 Baton Rouge artists.
Community exhibit space, Wall #18- #iammidcity (2014)
#IAMMIDCITY is a modular, in front of Letterman’s Blue Print on Government which captures the experiences, places and people of Mid City through photography by Elle Mouton and to celebrate Mid City’s identity as a diverse, valuable part of Baton Rouge.
Community Mural, Wall #15- "Canyons of Color" (2014)
In Mid City Baton Rouge done by artists Raina Wirta, Alexis Stephenson, Marc Verret and 200 Volunteers. Hundreds of women, men, and children came out to restore the Gayosa St. Park mural in Mid-City Baton Rouge. This event was sponsored by BREC and PPG Industries.
Community Mural, Wall #12- “We Stand Together” (2014)
In Mid City North, Baton Rouge was completed by 100 volunteers from Star Hill Church’s Youth & Blight Clean-Up Team, Elevator Projects and students from Runnels High School. The day was a beautiful and inspiring experience as our community came together to create an abstract expression piece on the former Bonfanti Marine Building.
Harmonizing the Arts Fundraiser (2013)
An evening of art, music, and celebration of Wall #10, Robert Dafford’s Baton Rouge Blues Harp mural, and the impact the Walls Project has had in the Baton Rouge area. This event featured live music from Kenny Acosta, cash bar and food provided by the Belle of Baton Rouge, a live painting from Patrick Teik, and a silent art auction with all proceeds going to future murals for the Walls Project.
Fun Run and Paint Party, Wall #11- “Kids At Heart" (2013)
Kids at Heart emerged as the theme for this paint soaked event as we paid tribute to our beloved Goodwood library building set for demolition at year’s end. Over a 1000 paint balloons, a catapult, and 5000 rounds of paint balls were used to fill-in the designs by local artists & community volunteers. We had a one mile fun run for kids 13 and under, and a .25 mile run for the littler ones! After the run there was a very special colorful send-off to the iconic library building. Kids and adults were given the chance to hurl paint balloons to create a collaborative color explosion mural. This mural and event was made possible by our partner East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for taking donations, Forge Racing for orchestrating the Fun Run, and Red Jacket Firearms who supplied the paintball guns.
Better Block BR: Government Street
With the help of PODS Louisiana, Makaira Landscape, Catholic High School and 100+ volunteers The Walls Project created a mobile art & pop-up business village at the center of the event in Westmoreland Shopping Center. Additionally artists Erick Fields and Marc Fresh headed a collaborative paint session on the city bus stop in front of Baton Rouge High, Neda Parandian restored the famous Honeymoon Bungalow penguin sign, and muralist Charles Barbier began his masterpiece on the side of the Cash America pawn building at the corner of Government Street & Acadian Throughway.
"Come Paint with Me" Fundraiser (2012)
Come Paint With Me was a wonderful night of collaborative painting between professional artists and donors held at Mud and Water. All funds raised went towards helping the Walls Project continue into 2013.
Wall #6 unveiling 'Blues Jam' with Henry Gray, Kenny Neal, and other played. (2013)
One of the 1000+ great memories from 2013
Better Block BR (2013)
From Friday’s setup to a rain-soaked Sunday load out Better Block BRwas an amazing experience. With the help of PODS Louisiana, Makaira Landscape, Catholic High School and 100+ volunteers the BR Walls Project created a mobile art & pop-up business village at the center of the event in Westmoreland Shopping Center. Additionally artists Erick Fields and Marc Fresh headed a collaborative paint session on the city bus stop in front of Baton Rouge High, Neda Parandian restored the famous Honeymoon Bungalow penguin sign, and muralist Charles Barbier began his masterpiece on the side of the Cash America pawn building at the corner of Government & Acadian. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this citywide collaborative effort spearheaded by our partners at Center for Planning Excellence. See pictures from the creation of the PODS City here: http://bit.ly/ZK5baB and stay tuned for the announcement of more pop-up community events across the city.
ONE BR (Inside/Out Project) (2013)
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