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Mural Life in the Lower East Side

DEC 2015

Collective Art Project, Print Design

Inspired by the 1930s Mexican mural movement, the community mural as a social tool played a major role in the civil rights movement in the US. These larger than life artworks painted on the wall in the Lower East Side in New York City, historically home to working class immigrants, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans, provided a space for the community to tell stories of their history, hopes, struggles, and resistance. This practice of public art also allowed community to control its own public space. 



This Map is a visual snapshot that speaks to the daily life of these murals in the LES. What stories do they tell and what stories are not told? How do they function in the life of the community? Who sees them? Are murals still a social and political tool or simply urban decoration?