A few years ago, budget cuts forced the elimination of art education in Wynwood schools. That reality was hard to comprehend considering street art and contemporary art galleries were mushrooming and flourishing throughout the rest of this Miami neighborhood. Tougher still was its negative impact upon area students.
Enter The RAW Project, Re-imagining the Arts in Wynwood. With approval of school officials, the RAW Project raised donations and curated artists from around the world to add color to the walls of Jose de Diego Middle School, nurture creativity in the students, and help resurrect and enliven their arts program.
It was a major success, and this year during Art Basel the RAW Project focused attention on the Eneida M Hartner Elementary School in Wynwood. Charm City Streets spent two days capturing the artists at work.
Italian Jorit Agoch was busy creating a new mural Arnold and the human spirit – a stunning new addition to his series Faces Of The World. The message from the light carrier reads we are one tribe.
German artist Case Maclaim, renowned world-wide for his street art depicting hands, told Charm City Streets he has become interested in exploring the more traditional subjects he once covered during his studio days. This mural of two elementary school students reading a book allows him to use up-to-date street art techniques and media to recreate traditional portraiture results.
Greek artist Ino chose as his subject the environmental impact humankind is having on our planet. He painted a more somber mural showing a person trying to smell a dying sunflower through a gas mask.
Spanish artist Marina Capdevila created a more whimsical piece entitled Las Swimmers. Charm City Streets did not get to see the completed mural in person. Marina decided to paint simple sunglasses on each swimmer instead of the reflection of the life guard she initially drafted.
The mural by Taylor White has a kinetic feel to it as if they are the feet of a dancer.
Next up are works in progress by Italian-Spanish artist Leticia Mandragora and Mexican artist Paola Delfin.
British artist Himbad brought to life a blue, scary-looking, fanged creature which the students will find adorable.
James Oleson’s quirky gap-toothed boy is a work is progress.
London-based artist Inkie fashioned Indigo Ink.
Pipsqueak Was Here created a large-scale mural of four chimpanzees. After looking at it, folks old enough are apt to start humming Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees. In addition, Pipsqueak Was Here wrapped a large stencilled piece along a corridor wall.
The following artists completed their murals before Charm City Streets first visited Eneida M Hartner Elementary School.
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