“We’re trying to use public art to reclaim our neighborhood and change the narrative around what our neighborhood is at the core.” -Marcel Price, Chief Inspiration Architect of The Diatribe
Art as a Connector
Large Scale Public Artworks Reflect the Vibrancy of Grand Rapids’ Neighborhoods
Public art that contains images of people that look like you and that reflects your lived experience creates a sense of pride, respect, and belonging. The Diatribe’s 49507 Project engaged youth from its arts programming in community listening sessions with residents to gather creative input to understand how they imagine themselves and how they want to see their neighborhoods evolve. Michigan-based artists of color synthesized these ideas and designed seven large scale murals that celebrate and reflect Black and Brown lives, culture, and experiences in neighborhoods in Grand Rapids’ 49507 zip code. Murals were installed on prominent buildings and unveiled at well-attended community celebrations. The result is not only beautiful but is powerful.