i found something interesting last night while browsing the news – an abandoned building in New Orleans has been transformed into a community center where street artists, musicians, poets and the like have been celebrating remarkable African Americans. the project, Exhibit Be, was inspired by NOLA graffiti artist bmike:
Brandan “bmike” Odums…uses art as a tool for activism. In 2013 he gained nationwide attention for “Project Be (#ProjectBe),” a series of graffiti murals depicting iconic African American civil rights crusaders that he painted on the sly on the walls of a soon-to-be-demolished-and-rebuilt public housing complex in the 9th Ward.
the site has received much love from the local community. people stop by in their spare time, school groups have ventured out to allow their students to experience it, and a few characters actually depicted in the murals have come to see, reflect, and share.
apparently this is the last day the site will be open, there are other plans in store for the property. but today NOLA will celebrate one last time and honor Martin Luther King Jr’s memory. you can find more information and pictures on the Exhibit Be website.
happy birthday Mr. King! <3