BR Walls Project partners with Lamar to create 'outdoor gallery'
Vinyl banners featuring the work of local and national artists will soon be fastened to buildings throughout Baton Rouge to create "an outdoor gallery setting," according to curators of the BR Walls Project, which has laid out a two-phase plan to cover the city's bare walls with art. BR Walls is partnering with Lamar Advertising Company on the second phase. The Baton Rouge-based billboard company will print up the banners to be placed on buildings. In the first phase of the project, artists will "transform existing beige and gray walls of downtown into modern works of art," project organizers say. The first murals are planned to appear along Fourth Street, with others to follow downtown. "We believe that this collaborative community project will enhance the artistic beauty of the large wall spaces throughout downtown, expand the visual arts scene of the city and [be] another step to bringing people together in Baton Rouge," says Casey Phillips, co-curator of the project along with Kathryn Thorpe. To pay the artists, prepare the walls and purchase supplies, BR Walls is raising funds through an online campaign. Nonprofit organization The Baton Rouge Gallery is accepting donations on the project's behalf here. About $4,500 of the $25,000 the project aims to raise has already been donated. Meanwhile, artists who are interested in having their work featured can begin submitting on Friday. Winners will be selected by a jury of artists and museum directors, and complete details are available online here. Read a recent 225 feature on the BR Walls Project here.
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