Living Walls, The City Speaks Atlanta Part 1
Living Walls Conference was possibly the most ambitious street art festival, in mission and scope that I’ve ever attended. In addition to 20+ murals being painted, events included panels, film screenings, lectures, exhibits, parties and a bike tour—all free and open to the public. The far-reaching goal was “to promote, educate and change perspectives about the public space in our communities via street art.”
For its third edition, director and co-founder Monica Campana decided to invite women artists only as there had been overwhelmingly male participation the previous two years. I had met a few of these women at the all female B-Girl Be in Minneapolis in 2006 and 2007 and at our We B*Girlz events in Berlin in 2007 and 2008 so I was excited to get a chance to see them again.
Having so many local and international female artists in one place at the same time made for a joyous occasion. However the funding and logistics required to get them there, provide lodging (at the W hotel no less!!), food, transportation, supplies, walls etc. was mind boggling. This would not have been possible without an army of dedicated volunteers. Somehow Living Walls pulled it off spectacularly. I was honored to be included
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Text and Photo: Martha Cooper