I love the Eastside because it cultivated an appreciation for the art that adorns our walls. Growing up around murals of all kinds, I never had any real context as to who painted them, why, and what they meant. It was only in my formative years and through organizations like Self Help Graphics that I was able to appreciate our cities murals with a new found understanding.
There are severely limited resources in the Eastside when it comes to the arts. Growing up, murals like “El Corrido de Boyle Heights” by the Streetscapers and “The Advancements of Man” by Willie Herron III fascinated in what they depicted and the life they brought to those walls.
Depending what street you walk down, it can feel like waking through a living and breathing art gallery that is constantly changing. Whether murals are painted by establish artist or a new generation of artist that use aerosol paint, if the words and imagery uplift our communities and bring life to a wall that other wise would have been blank, why not have them there? To have our streets filled with beautiful art that mirrors our everyday lives.