Wall of Respect
Open Paint Event at The J
Join us on Thursday, June 28, 7 pm | Social Hall | 9yrs +
What's a Wall of Respect Yurt??? Something like the image to the right, but life-size, of course!
Come help us paint! Free and open to the public - just show up and bring your creativity.
Save the date for "The Big Reveal" - August 9
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)