The History of Wayfinder Art Projects and the Transformative Power of Murals
Have you ever walked down a street and been stopped in your tracks by a stunning mural? For many communities, public art has become a source of pride and a symbol of hope. In the latest episode of the AR:T ROUTE RADIO, host Michelle Loughery, an accomplished artist and founder of the Wayfinder Art Projects, discusses the impact that mural art can have on communities and how her WAYFINDER ART model is making a difference.
The Wayfinder Art Project works with communities to create public art that serves as a “wayfinder” for those in need. Their murals are designed to uplift and inspire, but also serve as a symbol of hope for communities that have experienced hardship. Loughery explains that the organization’s mission is to use public art as a tool for community development and to “tell the stories of the people who live there”.
Loughery shares her own personal story and how public art has impacted her life, including a childhood experience where she first saw the power of a mural to bring a community together. She goes on to explain the process of creating a Wayfinder mural, from engaging with the community to determine what they want to see on the wall, to the actual painting process. Loughery emphasizes the importance of involving the community in the creation of the mural and how this helps to build a sense of ownership and pride in the finished product.
In the episode, Loughery also discusses the challenges and rewards of creating public art in a socially conscious way. She explains that it can be difficult to balance the need to create something beautiful with the need to tell an important story, but the end result is always worth it when you see the positive impact it has on the community.
The episode provides a fascinating look into the world of mural art and the impact it can have on communities. For those interested in public art or for those who simply appreciate the power of a well-done mural, this episode is a must-listen.
Michelle Loughery and the Wayfinder Art Projects are proof that public art can be more than just a decoration. It can be a source of inspiration and a tool for change, bringing communities together and telling the stories of the people who live there. So the next time you come across a mural, take a moment to appreciate the power of public art and the impact it can have on the world around us.