Our friend Rabi of Cyrcle just finished a gigantic collaboration with JR for Branded Arts Maya Angelou Mural Festival which just happened in Los Angeles, California.
Part of JR’s Inside Out Project, the French artist create a large installation with hundreds of portraits that were taken at the school. Rabi from Cyrcle spent a few days up high on his cherry picker to paint this strong piece which goes straight the point.
This Maya Angelou Mural Festival was born out of a collaboration with LAUSD Local District Central staff under the guidance of Superintendent Roberto Antonio Martinez. It is the second in a series of mural festivals designed to transform school campuses into artistic canvases—a project that began in 2016 with a mural festival at Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Koreatown.
In a desire to promote arts in school, 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 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.”
If you are in the area, you’ll be able to find the piece at the Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School.