Walls Project will celebrate new mural

After completing five mural installations in downtown Baton Rouge, the Walls Project is now gaining the support of organizations across the city to expand its mission.

In partnership with Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and Cash America Pawn, the Walls Project will unveil its latest mural at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at 3347 Government St. The mural, titled “Baton Rouge Blues,” was painted by local artist Charles Barbier. The celebration will include a live blues jam, kids’ face painting, local cuisine and giveaways. Cash America Pawn also will commemorate its continued support of children’s charities nationwide with a donation to neighborhood nonprofit the Youth Oasis, which is the city’s only children’s shelter.

The mural is a tribute to many of the great blues legends from the Baton Rouge region such as Tabby Thomas, Slim Harpo and Raful Neal. They are memorialized on the wall alongside a live jam depicting some of the city’s biggest stars, such as Henry Gray, Big Luther Kent and Eddie Johnson.

Barbier, who recently has painted murals for the Odell S. Williams African American Museum, BREC parks and the original Pastime restaurant, is a cornerstone member of the Baton Rouge Contemporary Gallery artist collective.

His mural for the Walls Project marks the entrance to the Government Street Arts District and also includes a salute to the great blues rooms of the midcity area: Tabby’s Blues Box and Phil Brady’s.

“Mid City is a special place for many people, whether they live, work, or play in this part of town,” said Samuel Sanders, executive director of Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. “The arts have gravitated to this area of Baton Rouge, and we embrace it fully. This mural is another example of how public art can bring people together as a cultural melting pot, which speaks to Baton Rouge’s potential of becoming America’s Next Great City. There is a place for everyone here.”

This project also continues the Walls Project’s expansion beyond its downtown beginnings as the organization spreads public art further north across the city. Contributions from local organizations such as Mid City Redevelopment Alliance are key to the long-term success of this project.

For more information, call (323) 244-1892 or email support@brwallsproject.com.

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