Join us on Thursday, June 24 from 6–7:30 p.m. outside of the Franklin and Friendship stores and streaming on Facebook for live DJs, community art-making, and the ceremonial donation of artists’ 2020 murals to Memorialize the Movement.
Before the event, you can download our free virtual Abolition Art Kit. This kit has resources and ideas for you and your family to create your own art at home as a reminder of your commitment to anti-racism in 2021 and beyond.
During the summer of 2020, murals honoring Black lives began popping up all over the Twin Cities in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Art brings hope and vitality to our lives, and has historically been a cathartic response and reflection on social justice issues. In the wake of the social uprising and murals, Save the Boards and Memorialize the Movement connected with the goal of collecting and preserving the protest art.
In early June 2020, we invited local BIPOC-led artist groups to create murals on the boards at Seward Co-op’s Franklin and Friendship stores. The event brought together community members and neighborhood youth, with DJs and chalk art. The collective goal of this process was to call out the underlying oppression of our society and the need for change to a more non-violent society built around equity and justice for all. We were happy to offer a canvas to express emotions and grief, and to support the community in metabolizing trauma.
See photos from the murals being created at our Franklin and Friendship store on our Facebook page.
Many of these murals have since been donated to Memorialize the Movement; while others remain displayed at our two store locations. Memorialize the Movement, Seward Co-op, and the artists agreed that the murals displayed at these stores continue to have positive impacts on the immediate communities surrounding the stores. The mutual choice to leave the murals displayed was one done intentionally and with consideration to all who may be impacted, including store staff and neighbors, many of whom take comfort from their presence.
You can stop by the Seward Co-op stores any time to appreciate the artwork displayed on the buildings and in the parking lots. Join us on June 24 for a community art celebration and the official removal and donation of these murals to Memorialize the Movement. More information on this event is here.