Many of Atlanta's murals are courtesy of Living Walls. The arts organization was founded in 2009, and since then, it has invited artists from Atlanta and around the world to paint the city’s surfaces.
After a year-long hiatus, Living Walls announced last month that its annual conference will be held along the Buford Highway Corridor in partnership with We Love BuHi.
Along with continuing the conference, Living Walls co-founder and Executive Director Monica Campana created a grant in honor of her friend and Living Walls’ Programming Director Laura Patricia Calle, who passed away in 2015.
“The grant was started to continue her legacy and spirit,” Campana said in an interview with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “It also happened the way I wanted to continue Living Walls. . . . I feel like we have to change and mold to the times and be reactionary to everything we are seeing nowadays. And it’s important for us to elevate voices of people who are usually not represented, to fight for immigrant rights, to fight for social justice, to fight for cultural diversity.”
Atlanta artist Danielle Deadwyler was the recipient of the inaugural grant. Her project, BUSTitOPEN, is a multimedia performance art piece focusing on black women’s work.
“Black women have been there doing this hardcore work, and people need to see the impact of that,” said Deadwyler. “What does that mean that you don’t know that this body is doing that work?”
Deadwyler performs BUSTitOPEN this Saturday at 348 Auburn Avenue at 6:30 pm.