Public art promotes community pride and visual interest. Within THPRD parks, the purpose of public art is to make places more vibrant, livable, accessible, and creative. Public art could be imaginative, engaging, dynamic, interactive, aesthetically pleasing, connected, and sustainable.
THPRD stands with our community in solidarity for racial justice. We want to provide our community with the space and time to share their messages of hope, inspiration, and purpose.
What is a Talking Wall?
A Talking Wall is a form of expression and visual storytelling about social and cultural relevant themes. It is usually represented as a mural, but it may be a different form of art. The objective of these spaces is to serve as a source of hope, inspiration and education for patrons and district visitors.
The Sunset Highschool Black Student Union who brought together commuity, students, families and artists to create five Talking Walls, including the art instalation "I Have a Dream" by Amara Marluke.
Color Outside the Lines (COLT) a non-profit that strives to empower and inspire foster and at-risk youth by providing opportunities with art, music, movement and creativity.
Activities included the creation of three four, an art instalation and additional activities such as Spoken Word with Ted Talk presenter Deangelo Raines. The "I Have a Dream" art installation showcases the dreams of youth in the form of several fists and depicted in a way that you read “I Have a Dream” visible on Cornell Rd. right next to Sunset Highschool's main entrance. There was a Chalk the Block activity (Chalk Art) and a Message Garden.
The theme for this series is: Belonging
with the supporting themes of Community, Resilience, Youth, Presence and Home.
Latinx artists alongside THPRD and Color Outside the Lines hosted a day for mural making, art and conversation. Local area youth were invited to collaborate in the creation of murals as well as a songwriting workshop with Joaquín López to co-create a Corrido song that was played at the end of the event. We also had the participation of Macuilxochitl dance group with a space for sharing and learning.