Charlotte Art League post: In June 2020, property management company Cushman and Wakefield reached out to the Charlotte Art League to find ways to beautify 86 wood panels covering the windows of businesses on their property. The windows were initially boarded to prevent damage to the buildings during demonstrations in Uptown following the killing of George Floyd.
As a result, more than 20 artists came to S. Tryon Street between Third and Fourth streets to paint the boards with messages of hope and progress. The goal of the artwork was to build bridges and to use artwork to heal the community. However, the artwork did more than provide a few moments of reflection for admirers. As part of preserving the murals, the Charlotte Art League in partnership with The Levine Museum of the New South, The Mint Museum, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, The Arts Empowerment Project, and Charlotte Center City Partners were inspired to create Building Bridges - Eliminating Racism Through Art, a community effort to continue a dialogue about systemic racism in Charlotte afterward.
"This project took off in ways that we never expected. The Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum, Harvey B Gantt Center and Charlotte Center City Partners all signed on to help us preserve the panels. Last I checked, which was sometime over the summer, some of the panels were still up on display in the Mint Museum. The Charlotte Art League commissioned a documentary about the project and the artistic aftermath of last year's protests. Some of the panels were auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the artists, Charlotte Art League, and a charity of the artist's choosing." Brian Hill, Property Manager (formerly with Cushman & Wakefield)