Paint The City Peaceful – Santa Monica

On June 15, 2020 by Kasey Jones, Ink.

If you drive through Santa Monica you will notice incredible murals about love, unity, black lives matter, and social reform on the 157 boarded up store fronts that were looted this month. This community effort, created in less than week by Paint The City Peaceful, was an incredibly moving experience.

I’ve always found it much easier to express myself through art than words, so being able to rally for the Black Lives Matter movement this way felt organic to me. What was so incredible to witness however, was how our art allowed strangers passing by to express their feelings with words. One older black man, clearly filled with excitement, thanked us over and over again for the support, and expressed that he, after living in Los Angeles all his life, was finally feeling that change is around the corner. An older white man, watching us paint from afar, come up to us, pulled down his mask, and started crying. He told us how he was so happy and moved that our generation was taking the initiative he wish he would have in his youth… but how he was going to do more now.

We had people from all walks of life ask us if they could help us paint or buy us water or coffee. My amazing team of KJI artists rolled up their sleeves and gladly donated 9 hours of their day to make the mural happen. The Village Studio City donated painting supplies, and my dear friend @mrsnicoleleal sent me money out to the blue to cover the expenses I may have incurred to make our mural happen.

In reality, painting this mural and being a part this collective is a small thing when you look at other actions taking place to create real change. But I tell you, the energy shifted in the streets of Santa Monica this past weekend. And it was filled with all colors, all ages, and all backgrounds, and it was absolutely beautiful. 💗✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿💗

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