Artist Tyrone Small and his student artist team joyfully unveiled on Friday, Dec. 18, their completed Black Lives Matter mural on the side of the CommunityWorx building facing West Main at the intersection of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro.
Friday’s unveiling was an opportunity for the lead artist to thank his student team for a job well done. In spite of working on many cold and inclement weather December days, the team finished ahead of schedule. The Carrboro Town Council is planning to meet with the students in January 2021 to view the mural and express their appreciation.
"The BLM mural done by myself and the students was a testament to what we can all do as a people if we can just put our differences aside and come together to create something beautiful and lasting forever," Mr. Small said.
Mr. Small led the student artist team of Ash Granda-Bondurant, Carina Rockart, Theo Preston and Cyani Jacobs. The team was selected from a pool of 17 applicants, who were asked to submit work samples and mural proposals.
The Carrboro Town Council selected the muralist and a young artist team, as well as the mural rendering, at its Nov. 17 meeting. The Council supported recommendations from the Arts Committee in the selection process.
“The Black Lives Matter mural highlights and advocates for values that are important to Carrboro," said Anita Jones-McNair, the Town of Carrboro Race and Equity Officer and Director of the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department. "It expresses our community’s acknowledgment of and opposition to systemic and institutional racism.”
View more images of the mural in a video at https://youtu.be/r2_P47dj_jc -- and visit the mural at CommunityWorx, 125 W. Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510.