Vancouver Mural Festival to host artist talk highlighting Black public art

August 24, 2020

By Daily Hive |

The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is hosting a free virtual artist talk on Tuesday, August 25 about celebrating Black resurgence.

And for festival organizers, alongside many Black artists, curators, and creators, it’s a conversation that needs to be had.

VMF says that since its first year, it’s made the engagement and inclusion of Indigenous and POC artists and curators a “key priority.” And yet, they recognize that they, alongside other organizations, have fallen short when creating opportunities for Black artists in public spaces.

That’s why they’re hosting an Artist Talk on Tuesday evening. Through discussion with curators and artists, they hope to understand how they came to this point, what sort of barriers exist, and how muralism can combat anti-Black racism in public spaces.

Not to mention, do conversations around tokenism intersect this work? And what would celebration and growth look like for Black artists and curators look like in Vancouver?

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