Fort Worth is now home to five new murals that emphasize the importance of voting.
The murals are part of a national program called "Voting Is Voice," to encourage Americans to vote in the 2020 Presidential election. The program has been deployed at 10 cities across the U.S., and Fort Worth is the only city in Texas to be so honored.
The program was commissed by Facebook as a way to highlight the importance of civic engagement. The social media giant commissioned five artists from across the country to install a series of temporary public murals.
Each mural design has been installed in 10 cities including Fort Worth, for a total of 50 murals in place by the start of National Voter Education Week on October 5.
The murals feature QR codes and a URL that direct viewers to Facebook's Voter Information Center and to Instagram.
The five mural locations in Fort Worth, and their artists, are as follows:
- 701 S. Main St - Edie Fake
- 459 S. Jennings Ave - Jamilla Okubo
- 200 E. Broadway - Ramsy Masri
- 105 S. Main St - Tiff Massey
- 1263 W. Magnolia - Troy Lamarr Chew
Other cities in the Voting is Voice program include:
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
The selected artists represent diverse backgrounds and identities. Their murals highlight the importance of a multiplicity of voices in a healthy society, the power of personal narratives as vehicles for change, and our collective responsibility to acknowledge and amplify a wide spectrum of experience and perspectives.
Their bios are as follows:
Troy Lamarr Chew II (b. 1992) lives and works in California. He uses painting to weave together narratives of contemporary Black culture and indigenous African visuals.
Edie Fake (b. 1980) lives and works in Twentynine Palms, California. Edie is a multimedia artist and transgender activist whose work addresses themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity. This mural reflects Fake's interest in depicting "ecstatic queer architectures" in the context of our rapidly changing social and political climate.
Ramzy Masri (b. 1988) lives and works in New York. Masri is a graphic designer, photographer and artist who invites viewers to reimagine the world as a colorful, magical queer-normative space where you can connect with your inner child and discover a more vibrant tomorrow.
Jamilla Okubo (b. 1993) lives and works in Washington, DC. Jamilla's work draws on her American/Kenyan/Trinidadian identity and incorporates both ancestral and contemporary cultural wisdom, combining elements of figurative painting, pattern and textile design, fashion, and storytelling.
Tiff Massey (b. 1982) lives and works in Detroit. She's an interdisciplinary artist whose work is inspired by African standards of economic vitality and informed by her own experiences living in an industrial urban center in flux. Her artistic practice is influenced by the iconic material culture of 1980s hip-hop and explores contemporary class and race dynamics through the lens of the African Diaspora.