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RFK Mural Festival Brings Works of Famous Artists to Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools


Branded Arts, a Los Angeles-based organization that offers artistic services for communities, corporations and public schools, is currently producing the RFK Mural Festival, a major art and mural project at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 S. Catalina St. (Wilshire & Catalina). (The campus is a collection of six autonomous public schools serving grades K-12 on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, where Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.)

In all, 28 artists have been commissioned to paint a series of murals throughout the campus this week (May 23-­27, 2016), with the most prominent being a 40-foot high portrait of the school’s namesake by Shepard Fairey.

rfkmuralThe Festival also features exhibitions, installations and workshops by a large contingent of other artists, with students involved via workshops and seminars hosted by the participating artists.  In addition, there will be lectures and panel discussions, film screenings and guided tours of the newly created murals, as well as opportunities for students to exhibit their own artwork alongside artists such as Tim Biskup, D*Face and Erik Jones in the Paul Schrade Library Gallery.

According to Branded Arts, the art and mural projects “aim to send an inspirational and positive message to kids ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade.”  The project is a collaboration with LAUSD Local District Central staff under the guidance of Superintendent Roberto Antonio Martinez.

The week will be capped with a grand reception, open to the public, on Friday, May 27, from 5-11 p.m.  It will include:

Murals by
Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Soto, Sam Flores, Hueman, David Flores, Greg Mike, Curiot, Mad Steez, Cyrcle, Andrew Hem, Risk, Yoskay Yamamoto, James Bullough, Beau Stanton, Hebru Brantley, Hush, Charlie Edmiston, Colette Miller, Rob Hill, Dallas Clayton, Clinton Bopp, James Haunt, Jonas Never, UR New York, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga­-Andrade, Paige Smith

Other Artwork by
Ranj, D*Face, Tim Biskup, Zes, Eine, Erik Jones, Adam Caldwell, C215, Carl Cashman, Christine Wu, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Derek Gores, Drew Young, Ekundayo, Joram Roukes, Ken Flewellyn, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Yosuke Ueno, John Park, Shanna Yates, Adam Builds, Brittany Sega, Hans Walor, Drew Merritt, Tracy Tubera, Ease One, Matt Dimon, Bridget Weiser, Tina Chavez, Rachel Harris, Quam Odunsi, Anthony Williams, Carlos Chavez, Ross Morrison, Elle Dyner, Norm Maxwell, Quentin Thomas, Cary Miller, Cameron Helm, Birdman, Tamara Arroba, Darcy Yates, Luis Valle, Jennifer Korsen, Brett Hammond, Conway Bongo, Jaime Becker, Molly Gruninger, Seanny McCarthy, Jay Damon, Billy Morrison and the students of Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools


RFK Mural Festival
Grand Reception: Friday, May 27, 5PM ­- 11 PM
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
701 S. Catalina St.
Show Runs: May 23 – May 27, 2016
In collaboration with LAUSD & Thinkspace Gallery

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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