Public art promotes community pride and visual interest. Within THPRD parks, the purpose of public art is to make places more vibrant, livable, accessible, and creative. Public art could be imaginative, engaging, dynamic, interactive, aesthetically pleasing, connected, and sustainable.
THPRD stands with our community in solidarity for racial justice. We want to provide our youth with space and time to share their messages of hope, inspiration, and purpose. THPRD is inviting student and artist groups from local area high schools and organizations, to use art and murals as a form of expression and visual communication.
What is a Talking Wall?
A Talking Wall is a form of expression and visual storytelling about socially relevant themes. This project also aims to reduce the occurrence of graffiti as vandalism in certain impacted areas within the District. It is an opportunity to manage and reconduct THPRD’s public art efforts in a positive way and serve as a source of inspiration and education for residents and visitors
THPRD conducted intentional outreach with community partners to identify possible artist and student groups. THPRD has identified appropriate park and trail sites within the District for Talking Walls based on visibility, access, potential for community engagement, and social context of the artwork.
We partnered with the Black Student Union from Sunset Highschool and Color Outside the Lines, they are collaborating with the commuity, students, family and artists to create four Talking Walls and an art instalation "I Have a Dream" .
Each Talking Wall mural will remain at its park or trail site for a duration of 12 months. After the 12 months, THPRD will reassess the project locations, consider options for new Talking Wall projects, and engage community partners to determine next steps
THPRD is ready to launch a second mural project utilizing public
art to help express the district’s commitment to racial justice.
THPRD, Color Outside the Lines and three Native American artists will come together
with youth for a Harvest Time themed activity that will inlcude the creation of
three new murals for Greenway Park.
For more information about the Talking Walls send us an email