Local artist and creative entrepreneur, Zuzu, initially struggled with where to begin and how to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. After much reflection of her own white privilege the message of “White Silence is Violence” rang perpetually in her head. The Black Lives Matter Mural Campaign in Austin, TX began shortly after this realization. Partnering with her artist manager and close friend, Ruben Esquivel, together they conceptualized how to bring the campaign to life. Sadé and Niz along with a small team of partners were invited to participate and the design phase began.
We had an established relationship with the Sherwin Williams Regional Sales Manager and reached out to see if they wanted to donate the materials for the project. After the initial meeting Lowes and Sherwin Williams graciously offered to donate all the materials needed.
Things then took a turn.
The first experience securing a wall location was not a success. We were initially granted permission by the landlord of the desired building to paint three large exterior walls with the concept of “community driven murals”. This was approved and welcomed. However, when the design mock-ups were shown to this person, and it was realized that we were showcasing local and international Black heroes and a in-your-face “Black Lives Matter” message, the landlord quickly changed his mind and denied our use of the wall. It wasn’t stated that they didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement, but they didn’t have to, did they?
“You either support the movement and believe in social equality, justice, and peace — or you don’t. This was discouraging to say the least. Some of us cried, others got angry, but we didn’t give up! We decided to pivot and find an alternative location.” — Zuzu
We're thrilled to be partnering with these local businesses to host the
BLM Mural Series:
2005 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
1600 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704