Public Art
2/2/11:  Dhaba Mural; Jawaharlal Nehru University: Delhi, India



My friends had been organizing with workers on their campus to help secure "fair" wages, gloves for the sanitary workers, and other basic necessities that they had not already been granted, due largely to their position in the class (caste) system.  Their relative privilege and student status gave them access to policy makers within the University administration that the workers could not reach on their own.  Though they were having some success with the administration, they recognized a need to get more popular support from students who had not all been reached by the previous tactics of marches and sit-ins at University offices.  They wanted to do some creative actions that would not only get the attention of the other students, but also begin the process of regaining respect and dignity for the worker's trades.  read more...



2/7/11: Sunnyside Farms;  Grand Canyon Youth; Flagstaff, AZ


This mural was a partnership between artist Bahe Whitethorne, the Black Sheep Art Collective, Grand Canyon Youth (GCY), and the Urban Lifeways Project.   The original idea for the project came about during an annual Native American Youth Artist river trip in early June 2010.  A few of the participants were interested in applying some of what we learned on the river towards a community-based project in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Flagstaff.  GCY had recently moved their office and warehouse into the neighborhood and were looking for ways to engage with the community, and we were looking for a wall to paint.  read more...




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