Imagine spending your school days surrounded by colorful, meaningful murals by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade at the RFK Community High Schools will now have that experience. As a collaboration with the Branded Arts firm, Thinkspace Gallery and the Los Angeles Unified School District, 28 murals have turned this campus in the middle of Koreatown into a straight up artistic wonderland. All of the murals were created with low-VOC spray paint, spreading a powerful message to encourage and promote creativity within the educational system — and this school alone holds 4,000 students!
Over the course of five days, the established artists worked their magic — some of the works were still drying or in progress upon the grand finale on that Friday eve of May 27th! In addition to the 28 murals was an exhibit of over 30 artists in the school’s library, which featured one of our favorite artists, Jennifer Korsen.
Shepard Fairey’s 40-foot mural was devoted to a portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, who happened to be fatally shot at The Ambassador Hotel, which previously existed in place of the high school that stands there today. The mural honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy reflects that same unique style that earned Shepard Fairey recognition for his re-creation of President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
Other amazing muralists who devoted their time and talent were Colette Miller, Dallas Clayton, David Flores and Greg Mike — all of whom we are BIG fans of here in the Dreamers & Doers office! You can see the full list of artists HERE. Enjoy Lewla’s video below, which takes you right inside the artistic action!
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All photos by John-Austin Gilchrist — @jonjonjin