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KC artists meet to discuss Black Lives Matter murals

Murals to be painted Sept. 5
Local artists meet for black lives matter murals
Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 19:33:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City area artists met on Saturday to discuss plans for the six Black Lives Matter murals that will be painted throughout Kansas City, Missouri.

On Thursday, Kansas City, Missouri, City Council adopted a resolution to collaborate with KC Art on the Block for the murals.

Murals similar to what will be depicted in Kansas City have been painted across the United States following the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis Police in May.

Warren Harvey, who is painting a mural, said he wants his to showcase "good energy."

"I want people to see it and feel good," Harvey said. "I don't want people just to see it and be angry or be angry about what is happening."

All of the artists are black, Kansas City natives, who said they want these murals to be conversation starters.

Adrianne Clayton, who will paint a mural at 18th and Vine, said that black is "beautiful."

"It's misunderstood. It's complicated. Our complexity makes us amazing. Our strength makes us gorgeous," Clayton said.

Artists are headed to the drawing board now, then will send their ideas to the city's managers office for approval . All of the murals will be painted on Sept. 5.

The six locations are:

  • Northwest Briarcliff Parkway and North Mulberry Drive.
  • Baltimore Avenue and West 10th Street.
  • East 18th and Vine streets.
  • Troost Avenue and East 31st Street.
  • Brookside Boulevard and West 63rd Street.
  • Meyer Boulevard and Troost Avenue.

The $12,000 project is not receiving any funding from the city, so several metro groups are working to raise money for supplies and to pay the artists.