I saw this awesome mural in Denver over the weekend and it made me think about our class. I am writing my final paper on graffiti as a platform for activism, so this particular mural really stood out to me. It is taken from a quote from Chicano poet Cesar A. Cruz:
"I'm not important; we are but seeds of social change. Our role is a simple one; To comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable. Nothing more, and nothing less!"
The street artist behind this mural, Jolt, collaborated with teachers and students to create this meaningful masterpiece. The city of Denver runs an organization called the Urban Arts Fund, which allows for youth to find a positive outlet for their creative expression through commissioned murals. They worked together to overcome boundaries and make a statement through their artwork.
Click this link to see more photos of the mural being created.
This mural really ties into what we have been discussing in class about everyone having the ability to express their voice and be heard. And through this artistic expression, their voices will be able to continue to be heard as long as the mural stands. Graffiti has no restrictions, anyone can write it, and they can say anything that they want. It is such a great way to make a strong statement without hurting anyone as well as maintaining a safe anonymity.
The statement of this mural in particular really meshes well with what we have learned in class. A social movement begins with individuals who share a common idea and have the drive to be that seed of social change that can make a difference in the long run.
Katie CookFebruary 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM
What a great mural and message! And it's even more poignant knowing the larger quote it comes from. It makes me think of the famous Margaret Mead quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."
Anyway -- I love this project you've been working on and am looking forward to learning more!