Temporary Downtown Mural Painted on Coal Avenue to Celebrate Diversity and Commemorate Juneteenth
In collaboration with artist Jerry Brown, and help from artist Chris Acevedo, the large-scale mural reading “Disarm Racism” was painted directly on the Coal Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets with help and support from businesses and organizations (who played music, fed and hydrated volunteers, and opened their doors), and community members (who donate money for supplies, water, and helped paint the mural).
Though its physical existence was designed to be temporary, the hope is that the process of coming together and the importance of the dialogue it created will be long-lasting.
Speakers included: Brian Colón (NM State Auditor), Mona Frazier, Fran Palochak (Gallup City Councilor, District 4), Members of Red Nation
Organizing community members: Jennifer Brostrom Brown, Deanna Crask, Connie Liu, Lindsey Mingus, Rathika Ramadoss
Local business support: Gallup Coffee Company, Flux Tufa Works, COPE, Weaving in Beauty, Silver Stallion, Klopfer Law, Enchantment Skate Shop
In the news:
City of Gallup Press Release
Main Street America
Art on Air Podcast