The SOCIAL JUSTICE BILLBOARD PROJECT created by NE Sculpture I Gallery Factory is now made possible in part with support from the National Academy of Design/Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting, NYC.
This generous award from the Academy launched Phase II of the Social Justice Billboard Project on April 5th 2021. Phase II will last for 12 months. We are very 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 March 2021 and was entirely community funded thanks to contributions and social media promotion from supporters like you. Thank you!
We are very grateful to Naima Green, Ivan B. Watkins, Jessica Wimbley, William Ransom, Peyton Scott Russell, and Melodee Strong for sharing their work in Phase I of billboards in 2020 at the George Floyd vigil site on 38th and Chicago Ave South.
Each Artists billboard is up for three months. Every three months we commission three new artists to be funded to create & exhibit public art which responds to the trauma of the murder of George Floyd.
The National Academy of Design/Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting, NYC 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
George Floyd vigil site at 38th and Chicago
Also featuring "Icon of a Revolution I" by Peyton Scott Russell
Billboard "Unified" by Xavier Tavera at the George Floyd vigil site on 38th and Chicago.
Photo Credit: CNN
Thunderstorm at 38th and Chicago vigil site.
Photo Credit: Brandon Bell
Shown Left is the new work by Xavier Tavera titled Unified. His original work, Non-Violent Resistance, was graffitied a week after installation. Both Tavera and NE Sculpture have been open to healthy and constructive dialogue with the community. This has been an excellent opportunity to address different points of view, to listen, and to make changes. With this in mind, Xavier Tavera's Unified, pictured left, is now installed at George Floyd Square.
Non-Violent Resistance, original work by Xavier Tavera, was graffitied a week after installation.
Shown left is the "Non-Violent Resistance" original by Xavier Tavera.
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 the Social Justice Billboard Project possible!
As you are well aware, Phase I of the Social Justice Billboard Project was entirely community funded. It happened thanks to social media promotion and contributions from supporters like you. We continue to invite you to donate to the GoFundMe and please 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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