OneGVLarts Mural & Poetry Project for Social Equity

OneGvl Mural and Poetry Project for Social Equity Launches in Upstate. "Attend" this event to follow along with the project including the latest locations of the murals, videos of poets performing, and photos of the project. GREENVILLE: As protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue across the country, a group of local Greenville artists has banded together to send a message in a unique way. Muralist Adam Schrimmer teamed up with poet Kimberly Simms of Wits End Poetry to develop the OneGVLArts project to put socially-minded poems on buildings across Greenville County. While Schrimmer secured the locations and painted the murals, Kimberly Simms curated the poets and selections which include herself as well as local African-American poets Moody Black, Bittersweet, Black Phoenix, Jenice Pleasant, and Glenis Redmond. The project was born out of the artists’ desire to shine a light on the inequality that people of color live under but also to celebrate the beautiful, diverse voices of Greenville, SC. The project is also an opportunity for local artists like Adam Schrimmer and the poets to be part of the recent protests in a way that impacts their local community. “OneGvl is bringing together artists of all walks of life to both collaborate and to tell their stories in their own voices,” said Kimberly Simms, Director of Wits End Poetry. The funding for the project came from Wits End Poetry who recently received funding as part of the federal CARES relief. “These pieces are intended to spur on the conversation about racism. I want people to read them out loud. A person’s truth is a powerful thing, it can make you uncomfortable, which is a sign of growth. Public art can be used for beautification, but it is also a tool for social change,” said Adam Schrimmer who is a community-engagement artist. More information about the project is available at www.OneGVLarts.com or on social media @witsendpoetry @onegvlarts or by scanning onsite QR codes. Check out the murals The OneGVL project murals can be seen at: 1. Hampton Station on the barrel building and trailside 2. Other sites are secured and will be announced over the next week! Check out the artists and read the whole poems at: www.OneGVLarts.com Adam Schrimmer @adamschrimmer Kimberly Simms @kimberlyjsimms www.kimberlysimms.com Moody Black @iammoodyblack Bittersweet @iambittersweetpoet Black Phoenix @blackphoenix2223 Jenice Pleasant @jenicepleasant Glenis Redmond @glenismakingpoetryreign Wits End Poetry @witsendpoetry www.witsendpoetry.com Blank Canvas Murals https://blankcanvasmuralco.com/
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