Messages in Murals

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Downtown Raleigh may be quiet right now but it’s also bright and colorful.

The Raleigh Murals Project, the Visual Art Exchange and Royale chef Jeffrey Seizer have teamed up to create a platform to elevate awareness around the issues that led to recent protests against racial inequality, injustice and police brutality, using art—and the plywood boards hanging on business storefronts downtown—as a medium.

“The Raleigh Murals Project believes that black lives matter and value[s] protests where voices of unity and justice can be heard,” reads a post on Raleigh Mural Project’s Instagram feed. “We want to amplify black voices in our community…We will do this by lifting the voices of those affected by systemic racism, prioritizing Black artists and artists of color and offering a platform to express those experiences and truths.”

Interested artists can email the Raleigh Murals Project about participating and the public is invited to donate funds or materials for the artists to use. Leftover funds will be donated to NAACP North Carolina.

Look out for new murals popping up all over downtown. Here are several you can visit right now.

Murals at State of Beer by Sorena and State of Beer staff

Photo by State of Beer

Window mural at Garland by Julio Sanchez and crew

Photo by Jenn Rice

Use Your Voice by  @quercus_raleigh by @spclsigns, South Salisbury Street

Spread Love by @artofmck at Cameron Village

George Floyd Memorial by @darecoulter at the ACLU of NC Right to Protest Mural, South Salisbury Street

Equal Opportunity by @graysonmarieart and @okirah, MOFU Shoppe

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So thankful that me and @okirah could create this mural together for Raleigh! Our goal was to create a piece that would be engaging with our community and would offer people a chance to be a part of the art! We hope you’ll take the time to stop by and use your voice by signing the mural! And we hope you carry that same energy when you show up to VOTE this year! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us with this! Thank you to @mofushoppe for trusting us to take on this project and thank you to @raleighmuralsproject for supporting us along the way! We couldn’t have done it with out you all! • • • #blacklivesmatter #raleighmuralsproject #raleighmurals #raleighnc #raleighartist

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Mural by @grace_ownbey, at Father and Son

Defund Injustice, by @relm1_dawood at Apex Outfitter

We the People Are In Peril, by @darecoulter at Raleigh Raw

United States of Racism, by @dangerartworks at Happy + Hale

✊🏿, by @sarahsface at Isaac Hunters Tavern

Make America Safe for Minorities, by @sarahsface at Isaac Hunters Tavern

Love and Light and Back Lives Matter, by @spclsigns and crew, Royale storefront

Tribute to George Floyd and message to his daughter, Gianna by Shirien Damra and @centroraleigh staff, Centro storefront

No Justice, No Peace and Black Lives Matter by @dartsky and @xtraedge18, Revolver Consignment Boutique Storefront

End Racism Now, by @camraleigh, @raleighdenimworkshop and @drivercharman and volunteers, West Martin Street in front of CAM Raleigh

Portrait of Morgan Freeman by @jalel_ronin, Apex Outfitter storefront

Quote from NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green by volunteers, The Mahler Fine Art Gallery storefront

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