Save Mural in Givens
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About the Event
On Friday, April 19th, a mural of Andre ‘Big Dre’ Davis began in honor of him being shot and killed in Givens Park almost a week prior. Death is never an easy experience for a community. The mural began as an act of honor, healing, and respect for someone whose life was taken only a few feet away from the mural. Malik, the artist, realized the community need for a piece of art honoring people killed from gun violence and police brutality in Austin, Texas. Since Friday, April 19th, Malik has added three more faces, of people either killed by police brutality or gun violence.
The City of Austin continues to illustrate not understanding the significance of preserving art in the heart of communities impacted by gun violence and police brutality. Creating murals to celebrate someone’s life and honor them after death has been a cultural norm of people of African ancestry. People of African ancestry in the United States have utilized graffiti and murals to express honor and respect of people influential to the community since the 1960’s. In the 1960s mural art in Chicago began to focus on the cultural and historical aesthetics of people of African ancestry.
The creation of murals has been an intricate part of the African Diasporic culture, and the community is requesting the City of Austin honor cultural norms. The community requests the completion of the mural honoring people from Austin killed from gun violence and police brutality, in Givens Park by Malik. Art is Healing and the City of Austin must begin to honor what the community wants in their parks, their cities, and the spaces existing prior to Austin being weird.
Come give support in allowing the continuation of something Austin has yet to see. A mural honoring people who have been taken from the world via police brutality and/or gun violence. A mural that allows families and the community to heal through art.