85 ARTISTS. 50 NEW MURALS. ONE WEEKEND.
Phoenix Mural Festival hosted more than 80 local artists who created 51 murals across Phoenix over one weekend in May 2018. Goals for the festival included: (1) enhance the city’s social vitality, (2) amplify the voices of local creatives through public awareness and longevity, (3) build new patronage for arts + design, and (4) document a moment in the cultural history of the region. The festival raised nearly $25,000 in both cash and in-kind donations, and corralled over 2,300 volunteer hours worth $55,522. 55% of participating artists were people of color and 27% were women.
The event was hugely popular with the local community, and visitors from around the state came to Phoenix to meet the artists and experience the work in process. Neighbors enjoyed riding their bikes around to various mural sites, making new friends, and learning more about art in their city.
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Check out some of these pics from Phx Mural Fest 2018:
Artist Chris Boyd demonstrates spray can technique to a young festival visitor.
MDMN at work outlining his contribution to Phx Mural Fest 18.
Such Styles and Champ Styles, father/son duo and fixtures of the Phoenix street art community shown here working on a giant wall at Polk St. and 15th Ave. The theme was "craftily balanced in our imagination of an alternate dimension where Howard the Duck finds himself in the city of ashes with the notable gentle giant," they said.
Kids in the Willo neighborhood had a great time welcoming visitors to the area during Phx Mural Fest.
Oscar Ruiz is a master of detail!
Artist Maggie Keane at work painting a portrait of the homeowner's huge Irish Wolfhounds.
Writer/Photographer Mello Jello visited and captured images of 24 new murals during Phx Mural Fest 18!