From now until Open Source culminates in October, we’re dropping behind-the-scenes videos about our Open Source artists and how they’re exploring the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia, thanks to their work with Mural Arts.
This week, check out our preview of Shinique Smith's project for Open Source. She's been visiting recreations centers in Philadelphia with a plan to create a mural-based amphitheater that will function as a venue for student performances. In her own words: “I want to create a mural on the wall and on the ground of a playground or recreational center in Philadelphia. The artwork will serve as a backdrop and stage for interaction with Philadelphia youth wherein these teens may plan and/or participate in events that give them a forum to share their creative voices through poetry and spoken word, among their peers.”
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Shinique Smith was born in 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives and works in upstate New York. She has built an international reputation for bridging art education and contemporary art, art and craft, painting and fashion, and public art and canvases.
Learn more about Shinique Smith at her artist profile page.
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