November 28, 2022 — A deserving school is getting an Art Basel makeover by the world’s top urban artists this week: Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8 Center School on 2450 NW 84th St is being transformed via The RAW Project, a non-profit that aims to create better learning environments for public schools through mural and art interaction. The project includes work by five artists from The Netherlands.
Live painting and finished murals will be happening as students attend classes, take tours of their school, engage in daily activities with the artists and learn about the murals.
The school’s free art walk is an ongoing concept, open to the press and the community this week as a self-guided tour of stunning mural work on the school’s walls.
The curated line-up of top-notch international artists include: Shepard Fairey (US), Kevin Ledo (CAN) Mr. June (NL), The Lost Object (NL), Telmo & Miel (NL), Eric Skotnes (US), Martin Whatson (NOR), Hamma Woods (NOR), Said Kinos (NL), Word To Mother (UK), Dale Grimshaw (UK), Patrick McGregor (US), Aylo (UK), Seca One (UK) and Max Zorn (NL).
Miami artist Luis Berros is teaming up with NFL Hall Of Fame player Dwight Stephenson for a portrait as a local community alumni. Other Miami artists include Santiago Rubino and FL MNGO.
The RAW Project (Re-imagining Arts Worldwide) has worked with over a dozen schools nationwide with community and student engagement in the arts since 2014. Results from The RAW Project include high class attendance, higher enrollment, higher test scores and a drop in bullying among students.
“Every artist here is giving back,” said Audrey Sykes, Raw Project co-founder. “While murals of this size usually come at a cost in Miami this week, all artists and staff volunteer their time with no strings attached.”
The Artichoke, a small Miami company who works with artists in reviving unique publishing concepts, teamed up with The RAW Project to run in-house activities led by artists with students. Kids will create their own designs, learn techniques like spray and calligraphy, and overall promote literacy and self-expression.
Special to this year is support from The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York, who sponsored a group of top artists from The Netherlands to participate and paint exclusively for The RAW Project this year via Dutch Culture USA title R.A.W.N.L.
The RAW Project is a 501c3 whose donations for this year are supported by the Miami-Dade public school district, The Dutch Consulate, Sherwin Williams, Kobra paint, AirBnB, Home Depot, Tripping Animals Brewing, The ARTichoke, Catapult 13, Stick Together Gallery and private donations from Miami art collectors.