May 27, 2016

Various Artists

RFK Mural Festival: May 23-27, 2016

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Friday, May 27, 2016 5:00 - 11:00 pm

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GRAND RECEPTION
Friday, May 27, 5PM – 11 PM

Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
701 S. Catalina St. Los Angeles, CA 90005

SHOW RUNS
May 23 ­ May 27, 2016

In collaboration with LAUSD & Thinkspace Gallery

Branded Arts is excited to announce its latest project, the Robert F. Kennedy Mural Festival. 28 artists have been commissioned to paint a series of murals throughout the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools during a one­-week span from May 23­-27, 2016.

In a desire to promote arts in school, these projects also aim to send an inspirational and positive message to kids ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade. Not only will murals be painted throughout the week, but the Paul Schrade Library will be transformed into a gallery exhibition space featuring work from over 30 artists, as well as artwork from the students. This project was born out of a collaboration with LAUSD local district central staff under the guidance of superintendent Robert Antonio Martinez.

Built on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, RFK Community Schools honors its historical significance as the site of not only six autonomous pilot schools, but also as the site of the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. To honor the US Senator and his legacy, the school adopted his namesake and commissioned two Judith Baca murals in addition to preserving the original architecture of the Cocoanut Grove Theater. The school was built as a modern interpretation of the original Ambassador Hotel, maintaining elements of the original structure and celebrating its star­studded yet somber history. Local history, art, and education have come together to create a space of diversity, creativity, innovation, and social justice ­ all social elements that RFK Community Schools seeks to foster.

The RFK Mural festival continues to facilitate the importance of art in educational systems, hosting student and public engagement projects throughout its week­long run. Students will be involved with mural production through workshops and seminars hosted by participating artists, and exhibit their artwork alongside the likes of Tim Biskup, D*Face and Erik Jones in the Paul Schrade Library Gallery. There will be opportunities to attend lecture and panel discussions, film screenings, and guided tours of the newly created on­site murals including a 40­foot high portrait of Robert F. Kennedy by Shepard Fairey.

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, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga­Andrade, Paige Smith, UR New York

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, UR New York and the students of Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

About Branded Arts:
Branded Arts is a Los Angeles based organization that offers a full spectrum of artistic services for communities and corporate settings alike. Over the last 5 years they have produced over 150 public and private mural projects around the world, most recently at The Reserve LA, a 20­acre creative campus in Playa Vista, California.

About RFK Community Schools:
RFK Community Schools is comprised of six autonomous Pilot schools offering a Kinder through 12th­grade campus on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, the site of the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The school was built to relieve underperforming and overcrowded schools located in Pico Union and Koreatown, and now serves over 4000 students from schools that include the Ambassador School of Global Education, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, NOW Academy, UCLACS, School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, and Los Angeles High School of the Arts.