Street Art and George Floyd—a new multimedia project from the GAI
Throughout the world, people continue to react to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. From taking to the streets in protest, to re-examining long-held beliefs about racism and systems of justice, a global movement is calling for social justice and equality. Street art has played an important role in this movement—as an outlet for citizens to express their grief, outrage, and hope about the future. This street art has been created on the sides of local businesses, street corners, plywood covering broken windows, and more, from neighborhoods in Minneapolis to countries around the world.
Recently, our team at the Germanic-American Institute connected with the local scholars and students at St. Thomas University who created the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database. This database serves as an important resource for communities and scholars around the street art—locally and internationally—and the issues it explores. From breathtaking murals created by teams of professional artists to poignant graffiti, this collection captures the breadth of street art that has been created in response to this moment.
Online gallery: This gallery represents a selection of street art from the database with works by local street artists and community members in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. GAI street art gallery
Podcast: Our latest episode of the GAI’s podcast, Hier & There, features an interview with Dr. Todd Lawrence, one of the curators of the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database.
Video: Visit the GAI’s YouTube channel for a video introduction to the street art database and recent developments in street art around the world.
About the project:
About the curators:
Dr. Todd Lawrence
Dr. Heather Shirey
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