The Obama Mural: January 8th

Today we went to visit the Obama Mural on 4th and 11th by Kelly's Carryout. We met and interviewed two of the artists that worked on the mural, Loring and Julius. We found out that one of the reasons the mural was created was to help inspire people who live in the neighborhood. Inspiration was created through the inclusion of a Martin Lurther King Quote:

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

We prepared interview questions for Loring and Julius such as how they came up with their composition for the mural and how much the supplies cost.  Loring and Julius told us that they had a budget of $400 and that they spent a total of 10 days on the mural.  They also told us about how the creation of the mural brought the community together.  Later we discussed how public art can be a powerful way to inspire a community.

Check out the link to the video of the creation of the mural on YouTube!

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