WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 23, 2021) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District have partnered with Sub-Culture Group and Street Art Revolution to bring an influential new mural to the walls of Respectable Street at 518 Clematis St. Four local artists began work on the mural, titled “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement,” last week and they are expected to be finished on March 1st.
The new mural showcases the history of the Civil Rights Movement and honors Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, John Lewis, Augusta Savage, Kathleen Neal Cleaver and Ella Baker through portraits and quotes. Inspired by “The Summer of ‘68” photo exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art, the mural is being completed with spray paint and brush work that combines the skills and talents of local artists, Eddie Mendieta, Nate Dee, Dahlia Perryman and Tracy Guiteau. All four are affiliated with Street Art Revolution, a Black-owned, artist-led public art collective and company. Street Art Revolution and its artists have been behind a number of murals at the popular and highly visible Clematis Street location. The 100 ft. wide and 18 ft. tall wall is one of the City’s best-known mural locations and was most recently home to the “I Can’t Breathe” installation.
“We knew we wanted to replace the current mural with something that resonated with the Black community, here and around the nation,” said Caron Bowman, an artist and curator for Street Art Revolution. “We believe this piece blends our traditional style of art for the wall with a timely, potent message.”
“The DDA has encouraged and facilitated mural art throughout the downtown as a way to enhance the visitor experience and enrich the lives of those who live here through public art,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the DDA. “We’re excited to be able to bring these new art experiences to our ever-growing and vibrant district.”
For more information on Street Art Revolution, please visit their website at streetartrevolution.org.
About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.
For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.
About the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression.
For more information about the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District, please visit downtownwpbarts.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.