Wall of Respect
Our generous funders:
Our community partners:
American Public Square, American Jazz Museum, The Dialogue Institute, Jewish Voices United, Kansas City Indian Center, Kansas City Union Station, Mattie Rhodes Center, Mid-Continent Public Library- Liberty, More2, Zion Grove Baptist Church, 150+ Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who attended "The Big Reveal" on August 9, 2018 and saw the yurt in the few days following. Check out the videos for a look at the process and the final product, and stay tuned for updates on where in the community you can find the Wall of Respect!
What is the Wall of Respect?
The Wall of Respect was an outdoor mural created in 1967 by a group of Chicago artists from the Organization of Black American Culture. Inspiring redevelopment and positive political activism, The Wall gave birth to a national Community Mural Movement.
We are marking the 50th anniversary of the Wall by honoring and expanding upon the spirit of its makers. Our outcome will not be a static painting, but rather a unique installation informed by stories from our community and created by selected artists overseeing the work of youth and adults from all over the metro area. The piece will acknowledge the commonalities between and celebrate the unique cultural contributions to Kansas City made by the Native American, Jewish, African American, Latino/Hispanic and Asian communities living among us. Learn more about this project >
During the month of June 2017, author and national arts advocate Arlene Goldbard led structured sessions during which members of each community, and then all the communities together, will share personal stories about how, when and why they are proud of their ethnic heritage. Notes from these sessions will tell our lead artists what to include on the murals. (Click any photo to view larger)
A Work in Progress
During this journey of celebrating diversity through the arts, we have made new friends and new discoveries. Here is a photo catalog of how we got to this point of our journey. (Click any photo to view larger)