Gather

Patchwork Crosswalks Street Mural

 

“GATHER” honors the history of quilting and the vital role of our communities having welcoming spaces and events to gather with one another. The four corners of Galleria Blvd. and Monroe Rd. are blanketed with colorful quilt blocks from the community’s art submissions. The imagery reflects the experiences and cultural heritages of the people who live and work in Monroe Road area.

 

From artist Bunny Gregory: The name “GATHER” connects me to my fondest childhood and teenage memories in Wilmore (before it was SouthEnd), Statesville Rd (when it was the projects way before Camp North End) and Garden City/Firestone (before they had street lights)!

  • The “coffee house” was Aunt Willie’s house, where you can get all kinds of homemade goodies, a hot, fresh cup of coffee and play games into the late night.

 

  • Mrs. Texie worked in the school cafeteria so she was home when the kids got home, and aside from her six kids, she was always willing to watch others. She was our after school care.

 

  • Mrs. Pearl the RN (my mom), was the neighborhood “urgent care,” shelter and clothing closet to many!

 

  • Mr. & Mrs. Snow (Fred & Wilma… I did not make that up), Mr. Lonnie & Mrs Bettie, and everyone else I’ve named made sure that our community had gathering places. They made sure that we had community engagement. And a lot of it was done in the park in our community that they made happen! Community so strong we didn’t realize how freaking poor we were.

 

Although times have changed and people seem a bit busier, real communities like MoRA have still created gathering spaces where people can have a cup of coffee and play games or engage in community activity with people you may never have met otherwise! That is what community is truly all about…Gathering.

~ Bunny Gregory

 

For the story of the Patchworks Crosswalks project, read more here.

Renowned Local Artists Lead Project

Design and installation of MoRA’s newest public art project was led by local artists MyLoan Dinh and Bunny Gregory (@mural_ninjas). Both have been trailblazers in the Charlotte arts community and beyond.

MyLoan Dinh

MyLoan Dinh, a former refugee from Vietnam, grew up on Charlotte’s East Side. An internationally acclaimed multi-media artist, her work often explores the connections between personal and collective history, using a variety of deconstructed materials, objects, texts and more to recreate individual narratives in a communal context. @myloandinh

Bunny Gregory

Bunny Gregory’s work is rooted in Afrocentric culture, addressing issues of racial and
economic disparity often through illustration, comic book style drawings, and collage. A longtime advocate for Black artists, the Charlotte native founded the Underground in 2014 as a space for urban poets, musicians and visual artists to express themselves. @ug_battleofthearts

Bunny Gregory

Dream Partner, Anne Low of ArtWalksCLT

ArtWalksCLT creator and founder, Anne Low, envisioned an East Side Art Trail to connect art in the Monroe Road corridor. Through her passion project ArtWalksCLT, Anne thoughtfully curates free and accessible public art in Charlotte’s neighborhoods. Each self-guided artwalk “provides specific location, artist info, story, key art terms and an opportunity to make a connection to an artwork.”

Together with MoRA, Anne led the Patchworks Crosswalks project from early community engagement to final mural installation.

Check out the MoRA Art Trail on ArtWalksCLT.com

ArtWalksCLT
Patchwork Crosswalks is being developed in partnership with ArtWalksCLT to provide a virtual guide to public artwork in the area, and will be included as part of a new ArtWalksCLT art trail.

Our Corporate Partners

These community partners have shown their commitment to the MoRA community and to the importance of public art. We couldn’t be more appreciative.

We are also grateful for the continued support of

 

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