A series of painted plywood boards now form part of a significant, first-of-its-kind, art exhibit in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibit is hosted by five different galleries at major cultural institutions throughout the city and the exhibition is titled “outside in/Paint for Peace”.
The back-story to this exhibition is that in November 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding neighbourhoods were in the midst of several nights of rioting and looting. However, something happened during this time which didn’t make many headlines — it was a movement called “Paint for Peace.”
Over three hundred colourful, moving paintings were created in less than a week, transforming block after block of plywood covered windows, in a grassroots effort that was organized by local residents. The movement exploded on social media and within several days, an estimated 400 artists and volunteers armed with thousands of paintbrushes and using donated paint, descended on the boarded up areas in order to create art from the heart.