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Shepard Fairey Joins 30 Artists in Makeover of a South LA Public School

Preview of Shepard Fairey's mural.

The Maya Angelou Mural Festival is set to completely transform South LA’s Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School from May 13 – 18. Over two dozen artists have been commissioned to create permanent murals across the massive campus, engaging artists from the local community as well as select international superstars. LA-based visionaries like the all-female art collective Ni Santas, Raul Gonzalez, Victoria Cassinova, Enk One, Rob Hill, Brushwork, and more will be creating murals alongside legends like Shepard Fairey, Faith 47, Hugeart and Rabi of Cyrcle.

Nearly 30 artists will be creating their murals through the week of May 13, while classes are in session, allowing students both the opportunity to see artists at work, as well as watch their school transform before their very eyes. At the same time, the school will be hosting an art-focused academic symposium, featuring programming by NASA, LACMA, Artsy, Eddie Huang, Run-DMC, and many more. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter MIGUEL will be giving a presentation during the Grand Reception on Saturday, May 18th, when most of the murals are expected to be complete.

In a desire to promote arts in schools, these projects also aim to send an inspirational and positive message to kids ranging from 9th to 12th grade. Not only will murals be painted throughout the week, but the school gymnasium will be transformed into a gallery exhibition space featuring work from over 50 artists, as well as artwork from the students.

“Art was the most important subject I was ever exposed to as a student,” says event sponsor Branded Arts founder Warren Brand. “A field-trip to LACMA when I was in school honestly changed the course of my entire life. These festivals are about sharing my love of art with the next generation, and giving kids the opportunity to be impacted like I was.”  

Branded Arts is a Los Angeles-based organization that offers a full spectrum of artistic services for communities and corporate settings alike. Over the last 9 years, they have produced over 400 public and private mural projects around the world.

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