The mural project was a collaborative effort between the Feminist Press, Main Street Project and Neon Genesis Evangelion (“NGE”). The three organizations used their resources to invite artists from around North America to paint murals across Manhattan in order to promote equality.
On October 1, 2017, the “Equality Mural Project” brought art downtown. The mural is located near the intersection of North Street and West North Street.
ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — Downtown Atascadero, particularly the Traffic Way neighborhood, was formerly renowned as a well-known Arts District. The Equality Mural Project is working hard to reintroduce art into our bustling neighborhood.
“Right now, we have three [murals] in the works, being completed up,” said Victoria Carranza, a project committee member and volunteer. “I believe those three will be available to watch in their entirety [by the first week of March].”
Rachel Hamann, an artist, is working on a mural with letters and oranges and reds. Jenny Ashley took the photo.
Rachel Hamann, Sally Lamas, and Mia Franco have been painting murals throughout the whole month of February, and will join Brandy Pippin and Isaac Yorke in early March with their finished paintings. The Equality Mural Project is about halfway to its objective of having 10 finished murals. The Woman’s Equality murals painted on the interior wall of Ancient Owl Beer Garden and on the rear of Colony Market and Deli, both owned by Z Villages and the Zappas Family, launched the initiative in 2017.
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Mia Franco, an artist, poses with her mural and a ladder. Victoria Carranza took the photo.
“Fast forward to 2020, and there were some rumblings in 2019,” Carranza said, “and one of the members of the Z Villages firm, Zoe Zappas, had said, “I’d really want to increase some of the public art options here, and why don’t we maintain that thread of equality.” “We said, well, let’s go ahead and attempt to gather money and paint 10 murals in the downtown Atascadero area.” This began in the first half of 2020.”
Local business owners, developers, and artists make up the Mural Development Committee. “Richard Facillo, a photographer, is on our committee. Jenny Ashley is a Cal Poly professor of Liberal Arts. So, a small group of people that are passionate about not just Atascadero, but also the arts and community planning,” Carranza concluded.
The project’s latest iteration has evolved to include a focus on equality for everyone.
Sally Lamas, a local Atascadero mural artist, created a painting on the Monarch Behavior Specialist building that portrays many hands, including a few paws and even an extraterrestrial hand, all reaching out towards the words ‘common needs are what unite us as family.’
“Each hand reaches towards the sky. The skin will be colored differently to symbolize the many peoples of the planet. But there are tattoos, rings, things we adorn ourselves with, bracelets, and other such items on them, and each of them will include a phrase. “And the term is a global human need, as well as a universal living need to live and prosper in the world,” Lamas said.
Mia Franco was born and reared in Santa Barbara, although she spent her childhood summers in Atascadero visiting her relatives. Franco’s Aunt was the one who saw the call for mural painters in 2020, when he was in his last year of art school.
“The design is reminiscent of a landscape, but more abstracted and stylised. Colors that are bright and cheerful. It begins with a wave, then progresses to a sunset, then to a series of smashing waves, and finally to a line of blue herons in various phases of flight. “The birds will expand their wings as you go along, and you’ll soar with them as you pass right by them,” Franco said of her artwork, which spans a 100-foot private retaining wall. The wall is located across from Traffic Way’s Colony Park.
In front of The Artery, Zoe Zappas accepts a cheque from Charles Borbeau on behalf of the Equality Mural Project. Victoria Carranza took the photo.
Rachel Hamann, a Los Osos artist, is well-known in the region for her hand-painted signs with text and hand-lettering for local North County businesses and beyond. It’s no wonder, therefore, that she opted to highlight such abilities in her mural, which can be seen beyond the Ancient Owl Beer Garden.
“I came across this remark by Gil Scott-Heron, who is a beat-poet, an author, and a musician from the original Black Power movement from the 1970s, and it just rang so true,” Hamann said of her decision to paint with words. “The first revolution is when you alter your mind about how you look at things and realize that there may be another way to look at it that you haven’t been shown,” the statement says. What you see afterwards are the repercussions of it, but the revolution, the transformation that occurs, will not be broadcast.”
In addition, the Equality Mural Project is collaborating with Atascadero High School, which is sponsoring a mural in the tunnel. Clarke Andros, a High School teacher, is the artist in charge of the project. The project will begin painting in the spring/summer of this year.
“Everyone is quite thrilled that Atascadero will be getting some additional beautifying,” Carranza added.
The Equality Mural Project is searching for community connections, leads, and enthusiasm in the project. They’re looking for donors for the last four walls of the project. They’re also on the lookout for suitable walls for the murals. The Equality Mural Project is seeking $5,000 per artist, with 100% of the donations going to the artist and no money going to the project committee.
Visit equalitymuralproject.com if you’re interested in funding a project, donating a wall to be painted, or volunteering to aid The Equality Mural Project.
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