Mural designed by Jenny Pickens, Joseph Pearson, and Marie T. Cochran. Photo: Reggie Tidwell/Curve Theory, courtesy of Asheville Area Arts Council

Black Lives Matter Mural

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, more than 20 artists came together to create a vibrant Black Lives Matter mural in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Councilwoman Sheneika Smith provided the leadership to bring community members, artists, and the Asheville of City together to create this community project. In Smith’s words, the mural helps to “galvanize solidarity and cele-brate our collective movement toward addressing systemic issues locally.”

Mural designed by Jenny Pickens, Joseph Pearson, and Marie T. Cochran. Photo: Reggie Tidwell/Curve Theory, courtesy of Asheville Area Arts Council

The mural is located around the now-shrouded Vance Monument. Three artists led the design of the mural, with each being assigned one word. Joseph Pearson was the lead artist for the word “Black,” Jenny Pickens for the word “Lives,” and Marie T. Cochran for the word “Matter.”

The Asheville Area Arts Council is the coordinating body and fiscal agent for this initiative. Funds are needed for the maintenance of the mural. The more funds raised, the longer the mural can remain in place. To donate to the effort, visit ashevillearts.com/blm.

Supporting Artists

(B) Dustin Spagnola

(L) Jas Washington

(A) Autumn Nelson

(C) Ovidio Acevedo

(K) James Love

(L) Michael Barnard

(I) Walter Dickerson

(V) CJ Randall

(E) Beth Ivey

(S) Timothy Davidson

(M) LaKisha Blount

(A) Rahkie Mateen

(TT) Trey Miles and Kela K. Hunt

(E) Broderick Flanigan

(R) Faustine McDonald

Volunteer Artists: Michelle Acevedo, Manuela Acevedo, Jackie Barnard, Joseph Crimmins, Stephanie Flores, Nastassia Hearst, Ethan Hunt, Hasana Hunt, Kaleb Hunt, Trazon Mason, Sanii Thomas, Pamela Washington, and Arabelle Watters.

 

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