Press + Projects
2ND ANNUAL BLACK LOVE MURAL FESTIVAL
I was invited back again to participate in the Black Love Mural Festival. The festival runs through August 1, 2021. Below I am pictured standing with my mural titled "Flower of Life." The Arabic in the center of the flower says, "Allah," which means God in Arabic.
Progress photo of my mural.
This is my mural for the Black Love Mural Festival for the previous year 2020
Innervisions Collective show @ BRDG PROJECT GALLERY June '21
For the month of June, the Innervisions Collective that I am apart of, was invited to show our work. Below is the painting I completed, "Blood Moon."
Below are Innervisions Collective Members (from left to right) Holly Kai Hurd, Jannah Farooque, Faatma Be One, Olivia Lucero & Xencs L. Wing. Aisha Renee, 6th Innervisions member, is not pictured. Photo by Anthony Maes.
HOPE TANK WINDOW MURAL
At the start of April 2021 I was commissioned to paint a window mural at Hope Tank, a Denver gift shop focused on giving back to the community, as part of their mutual aid initiative. Erika Righter's (owner) gift shop has been hit hard by the pandemic and was brainstorming ideas that would help keep her and others afloat. She wanted to sponsor artists to beautify the city by painting her store front window, but didnt have the funds to do so. She reached out to her community to see if other businesses or individuals wanted to sponsor artists instead.
Keo Frazier, founder of New Thinkers, was the sponsor for April. Frazier's organization focuses on offering creative solutions to some of the world's toughest problems.
The mural series at Hope Tank brings more foot traffic to Righter's shop, the artists get paid for their work, and the sponsorers also receive increased exposure for their businesses. It is a win for everyone involved.
Jannah Farooque painting the window mural. (Photo by Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)
Erika Righter inside her shop. (Photo by Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)
THE MUSEUM FOR BLACK GIRLS
I was invited to create a mural for The Museum For Black Girls. Watch the segment below from CBS4 to hear more about this interactive museum experience and to catch a peek of my mural.
The mural I painted below on the right. The museum will be up through August of 2021.
BLACK LOVE MURAL FESTIVAL
June of 2020 I was invited to be apart of the inagural Black Love Mural Festival in Denver, CO. This festival is in response to the current political climate. The event is a collaboration between Rob The Art Museum and IRL Art and the City of Denver, that will host 20 Black artists, curated by Robert Gray, Creative Director.
Below is my completed mural
RECOVERY CARDS PROJECT
I had the honor of creating card designs for the Recovery Cards Project through the Lift The Label Campaign. Our story was featured on CBS News4, September of 2019. Watch the video below for more details.
(Pictured Below) Recovery Cards Project artist Jannah Farooque, Tabitha Aaron; Governor Polis; Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre; CDHS Executive Director Michelle Barnes; and Kaley Jones, who has been in recovery from opioid use disorder for nine years.
PUBLIC ART GRANT
I am part of the InnerVisions Art Collective, we create stories through art to get free! Summer of 2019 we were awarded a grant to paint a mural through the Denver Urban Arts Funds. Check out a short article from Westword for a few more details on all the grantees.
Below Olivia Lucero and Holly Kai Hurd of the InnerVisions Collective, work on our mural at Akente Express, located at 919 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205.
(Below) Faatma Be One, Holly Kai Hurd and Jannah Farooque (with new baby in tow) work on mural located at Akente Express of Denver.
BOULDER COUNTY ARTIST FEATURE
September of 2018 I was the featured artist for Boulder County's 30th annual Multicultural Awards Banquet. That month I was also a guest on KGNU - PoCo in BoCo (People of Color in Boulder County). I was able to share some insight into my art journey and my inspiration behind my work. Click HERE to read the article and listen to the radio show.
Pictured above (from left to right) Nikhil Mankekar, co-host, Maciel leon , CAP Division Manager for Community Action Programs , Myself and co-host Tracey Jones.
Original painting "Beating" is for sale. Click here to purchase.