We’re excited to announce that the “Graffiti Wall Project” has a home, a new name (The Art Wall), and a call to action for all willing artists wanting to pursue their art. If you live in the Lafayette area, and interested in designating a space for your work, you can contact the project team via their facebook page or the artist submission form.
We’ve found ourselves a little backed up given the weather situation over the last couple of months. Who would have thought we’d experience rain for the basically all of December? Follow that up with two hard freezes, a cracked pipe, and brutally cold wind to buff walls. Well then, my community, you have yourselves our starting point. But we’re not going to let the weather hold us back any longer!
We’ve starting prepping the walls. Our first artist has sketched her first lines, our visiting artist, Nicky Davis, will be painting from February 22-26, 2018 due to Mardi Gras rain delays. All other local artists have met with the project director and have even raided her paint stash ;-). Now that the weather is leveling out we aim to have these murals completed in no time at all. All 24 Hour Citizen Project funds have been expended at this point. Our hard deadline is 2018, but we anticipate that everything will be completed by April 2018 – in time for Festival International.
Susan David (Team Leader)
A little background… My name is Susan, I’m the Executive Director of Freetown Studios (www.freetownstudios.org). I am also the Curator/Project Manager for The Art Wall Project (previously known as the Grafitti Wall). In 2016, I was approached by a 16 year old young man, Asher Corbell, and he asked me to help him create a Graffiti Wall (similar to HOPE Gallery in ATX). I told him I wanted to help in any way possible and became his team member. I encouraged him to apply to a 24 Hour Citizens Project, and he was awarded $1,000.
As mentioned during previous updates, locating a space was difficult as Lafayette is just jumping on the mural/street art scene. As in just barely dipping its toe in the water for the “mural/street art scene” and we still have lots of work to do with the public misconception about graffiti. Most locations fell though because the for reasons of conservatism (I guess) and (perhaps) the organic nature of the concept was difficult to grasp as most building owners want a mural to help “brand” their business and that restricts the creativity of the artist. Most artist (myself included) can see an image of what they want to paint within seconds of looking at a surface (i.e.,page, a wall, and/or a canvas).
Our team has since prevailed, and has identified a location at 124 and 126 S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501. The property is owned by LPTFA (Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority). With that location came a change in vision for the wall. The prior ever changing “Graffiti Wall” concept has been changed to the “Art Wall,” which will be designated doors targeted for murals by artists through a formal application process. Each mural will be a permanent public street art installation.
Our team was able to negotiate a contract to include a stipend per door for the artist to use as need for materials as well as a fee for the overall curation of the project. There are a total of 7 roll up warehouse doors, with the benefit being multiple “canvases” for art and the ability to pay our artists working on the project. We also agreed to create a “Call for Art” to have artist applicants submit an application to a juried call to be chosen to work on the project. Our deadline for the artist submission was October 31st and we will announce all participants after November 15th. We anticipate the first artist to start working over Thanksgiving and through December as weather permits with the project to be completed by July 2018.
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Susan David (Team Leader)