Approximately twenty murals will color the city of Detroit during seven days, as the biannual, family-friendly event, the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival takes over the city with amazing and eye-catching street art! It certainly caught I Lobo You‘s attention. The street art will be produced within the perimeters of the North End area of Detroit, and supports racial diversity or pay their artists by prioritizes artists of color.
The Black-led event of street art main goal is to “mirroring the demographics of the city of Detroit and thereby creating a cohort of artists representing equity and inclusion”. Furthermore, besides representation, organizers also recognize the necessity of monetary support as key to lasting change.
As an artist, I understand the importance of being paid for my experience and ability, especially as artists are often treated like we are supposed to work for free. What we do as public artists brings economic value to the area as economic development tends to follow, so it is imperative that we be compensated for not only the work we do but also the impact we have on the community and economy.Artist, Sydney G. James
Murals and streets art has long been associated with placemaking because of their exceptional capacity to transform underutilized passages and city stretches into spaces primed for cultural gatherings, tourism, and consequently, economic development. This ideal drives the festival of street art, which has completely changed the urban landscape of the city!
It started in July when the city saw itself immersed in 19 murals produced across town. Participating were visiting artists like Sentrock, and Detroit natives like Tylonn J. Sawyer, Bakpak Durden, and Sydney James, and Thomas Evans, aka Detour 303.
The result of street art reflects a range of different themes and styles, from sprawling colorful creations by Sansing to Tony Whgln’s whimsical botanicals, there are murals and streets art creations for every taste. Besides, Sydney G.James’s revision is an homage to Detroit and its people.
Besides giving the city a new and younger look, BLKOUT Walls was designed for public meetings, with the festival schedule packed with live painting sessions, talks, walking tours, and a block party to celebrate its close.