The Social Justice Billboard Project and NE SCULPTURE | Gallery Factory are delighted to announce that the National Academy of Design, Abbey Mural Committee has awarded support for 2021-22 Phase II production!! This generous award from the Academy will launch Phase II of the Social Justice Billboard Project in March 2021. This phase will last for 12 months. We are grateful for the support from the Committee and Academy!
The Social Justice Billboard Project elevates BIPOC voices and artwork in our community in Minneapolis, MN using the three billboards facing the intersection of 38th and Chicago, the site of George Floyd's murder and memorial. This Project was initiated in response to the murder of George Floyd and inspired by Peyton Scott Russell's "Icon of a Revolution" mural placed at Mr. Floyd's memorial site in the days following his death. Phase I of the project ran from July 2020 until the end of January 2021 and was entirely community funded thanks to contributions and social media promotion from supporters like you. Thank you!
The current three billboards with the work of Naima Green, Ivan B. Watkins, and Jessica Wimbley will be in place until the launch of Phase II. We are very grateful to William Ransom, Peyton Scott Russell, and Melodee Strong for sharing their work in the initial round of billboards that went up July 2020 at the George Floyd vigil site on 38th and Chicago Ave.
The Abbey Mural Committee is a group of National Academicians who convene regularly to distribute awards from The Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting in America, first established in 1932. Founded in 1825 by a group of forward-thinking artists and architects, the National Academy of Design was created to promote American art and architecture. Moving forward, the National Academy plans to sponsor mural projects every year across the United States in partnership with different non-profit organizations
With the launch of the Social Justice Billboard Project on GoFundMe in July 2020, we sought support from individual patrons, foundations, and businesses.
Thank you for helping us make it this far with the Social Justice Billboard Project!
As you are well aware, the Social Justice Billboard Project is entirely community funded, and we have come this far thanks to contributions and social media promotion from supporters like you. We invite you to donate to the GoFundMe and especially to share with friends online and offline who may not have heard of the project. No donation is too small. Thank you!
Individual full-length artist interviews:
William Ransom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNLn00CNVSc
Peyton Scott Russell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN1lq66N-ik
Melodee Strong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Q8m1x-M1w
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