Over the weekend, I attended the Abbot Kinney Street Fair in Venice, CA! The fair celebrates the unique neighborhood of Venice by showcasing local artists, galleries, shops and restaurants. There are all sorts of fun activities for kids and adults alike. I volunteered at the festival and worked in the mural tent. An artist named Ricardo Aguilar designed a giant, black and white, abstract mural and hung it on a wall outside for the kids to paint.
There was also a coloring tent for kids to color individual pictures from the mural.
The painting hanging inside the coloring tent is the mural from the street fair last year! The artist is a really interesting man who wants to start an “art revolution.” He strongly believes in the healing, connecting and peacemaking powers of art and thinks that children are the vehicle through which the world can achieve these things. To this end, he asked all the kids to leave their drawings to be hung up and eventually made part of a more permanent installation.
His self portrait is in the bottom right corner and he actually dresses like that except instead of bullets in his belt he has crayons! Here are some of the drawings hung up for all to enjoy:
It was really great to see kids and adults alike dive in and get their hands dirty with the mural. Collaborative work is some of the most rewarding art because is fosters a low-pressure, inviting and welcoming environment where people of all levels of artistic ability can meet on equal footing.
And the almost finished product:
I couldn’t stay to see the completely finished product, but this is pretty close and it is just beautiful. Thanks to all the kids and adults who helped make it happen and as Ricardo would say, come join the color revolution!