Rachel Weiher - University of St. Thomas
Amber Delgado - University of Minnesota
Shukrani Oduli Nangwala - University of St. Thomas
Eve Wasylik - University of St. Thomas
Frederica Simmons - University of St. Thomas
Olivia Tjokrosetio - University of St. Thomas
Paul Lorah - University of St. Thomas
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and cities around thecountry were transformed by a massive proliferation of graffiti and street art, including wordsand images expressing a wide range of emotions, demands, and visions for the future. Whetherin the form of commissioned murals or hastily-scrawled pieces of graffiti, art in the streets servesto represent the voices of the community, providing a counter-institutional narrative, and onethat is ongoing and complex. Examining street art from around the world responding to thekilling of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, this presentation focuses on the ways thatartists have used walls, posts, streets, and boards as sites for vernacular communicative acts –to claim space, tell their stories, express their anger, and articulate their vision for the future.