This initiative is an opportunity for community members and commissioned artists to work together to envision and express the history of our region, our community values and/or what we’d like our future to look like.
WE RISE Mural
Artist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith
WE RISE is a program first offered in 2019 that leverages art, performance and creative expression to bring young people of color together in downtown Eugene. WE RISE shifted in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions and brought back together Black and African American youth to form a downtown artist selection committee to create a mural to respond to the current social justice movement.
The committee selected Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, a Bay Area muralist who was raised in Eugene. Wolfe-Goldsmith's work will highlight the presence and impact of Black and African American youth in Eugene. The artist will be painting during Visual Arts Week August 6-13 at 1203 Willamette Street.
Fibers of History
Mural by Rodolfo Redstone Serna
Dates painted: September & October 2020
Location: 744 West Park Street
About: This mural was created to draw connections between the indigenous peoples of the Willamette Valley and the indigenous peoples of Latin America. Serna’s work celebrates the rich beauty power, and diversity of these cultures, while also touching on the fear and loss that has been experienced. The ultimate hope is to increase awareness of historical and contemporary issues faced by communities of color and encourage a dialogue around solidarity, reciprocity, unity and resistance. Learn more and read the full mural statement
Loud, Proud, and Passionate
Coordinated by Mobility International USA
Designed by artist Chloe Crawford
Dates painted: October & November 2019
Location: 842 Pearl Street, south wall of Full City Coffee Roasters
About: The idea of creating this mural was initiated by Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder of MIUSA, who is also a wheelchair rider and disability rights activist. MIUSA, whose mission is to advance disability rights and leadership globally, is dedicated to advancing the status of disabled women around the world. Sygall wanted to see representations of disabled women leaders reflected in the Eugene community's new landscape of beautiful murals. Sygall asked alumni of MIUSA’s WILD program to share their ideas for mural themes, including emotions, imagery, or phrases it should convey. Among these were "Loud, Proud and Passionate®," the mantra of the WILD program. In the mural design, this mantra appears in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French, and its shorthand "LPP" is depicted in American Sign Language fingerspelling. These five languages are those which the WILD program has utilized in its trainings of women from around the world. Former MIUSA staff person, artist Chloe Crawford, designed the mural, and members from the community painted the final piece. Learn more MIUSA mural