A new street mural is going up on 11th Street in East Austin today reading, "Black Artists Matter," following an initial mural painted Tuesday on Congress Avenue reading "Black Austin Matters."
Both murals were coordinated by Capitol View Arts and Austin Justice Coalition, with black artists getting paid for their work and dozens of volunteers.
"In a city where the black population is overlooked, our purpose through this mural is to show continued support and acknowledgment of black artists and their contribution to Austin's legacy and character," said Clifford Gillard, founder and president of Capitol View Arts, in a city press release.
The location was selected because of its history as the heart of the African American community in East Austin, a historically black neighborhood.
Design for East Austin street mural.(City of Austin)
The city of Austin will contract $55,000 with Capitol View Arts as a part of the Economic Development Department's Art in Public Places program. The funds will help local black artists affected by the pandemic.
Both locations of the murals will be closed through Sunday.
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