South Loop’s newest and longest mural is complete and many from the community gathered in September to celebrate it. WE is a tapestry of murals commissioned by the City and Artistry and curated and produced by Ua Si Creative. The artists who created the WE Mural are Marlena Myles, Reggie LeFlore, Xee Reiter + Andres Guzman, Martzia Thometz, City Mischief Murals, featuring Thomasina Topbear and Tom Jay, and Ua Si Creative. Check out the mural at American Boulevard and 30th Avenue South.
“I am so grateful to all of the artists, partners, staff and volunteers who dedicated themselves to the implementation and success of the WE Mural and Sunset Block Party,” Creative Placemaking Director Alejandra Pelinka said. “Many individuals came together to make this possible, and it is inspiring to see what a positive impact the mural and event has had on the community.”
The celebration provided an opportunity to view the completed mural, enjoy performances from Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, above, and the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, grab dinner from a food truck, see work from artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella, preview prototypes developed by the City’s Racial Equity Strategic Planning committee and more. Check out a video recap of the event at blm.mn/sunsetblockparty.