Walls for Justice began painting unifying social justice messages on plywood boards that covered up the storefront windows, during the civil unrest and nationwide protests of 2020. Passersby wanted to help paint. Stores asked for messages of support for the community. Media shared our messages. Instead of anger and despair, our words, our art, became a symbol of hope.
Today businesses continue to support social change. Artists want to utilize their talent. Marginalized people want to feel empowered. Walls for Justice continues to be a catalyst bringing all three together. We work in public spaces, schools, museums and partner with businesses to hire local artists to push the future forward by creating positive change through art. What change will you make to contribute to our world?
Grassroot– change happens within communities, our work should be displayed for the public or places for all to see.
Empowerment– giving voices to the unheard and continuing the conversation about racial injustice for brown and black people and other excluded groups.
Access to beauty – Art can reshape perspective and mood by restoring damaged forgotten spaces: Art we can create change.
Celebrating diversity – Diversity will be celebrated in our artwork
Protesting with a paintbrush– all of our murals supports brown and black people and all other marginalized groups , our artwork will be created with volunteers; new way to show solidarity
Webinars & Interviews
Mural Arts Presents:
Art of Activism: What is the role of art in advocacy & what motivates artists to become activists?
Pivot Toward Possibility:
The Alchemy of Visionary Leaders to Turn Walls into Wings
Episode 3: Samuel Rodriguez, Founder of “Walls for Justice”
Our Words Heal Presents:
Our Words Heal: Latinx Creatives and The Art of Trauma Healing.
Listen to our Philly-based Latinx creatives, discuss uplifting the community through their work.
2020 Reality Project
Local Philly teaching artist Samuel Rodriquez about how he started the non-profit #WALLSFORJUSTICE. He tells us some of the realities that hit the city during the COVID lockdown as civil unrest unfolded after the murder of George Floyd. 6-19-2021