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A mural at least six feet high is being painted by two artists for Liberation Park in Oakland to add to social justice efforts in the city, according to Kaiser Permanente and ABG Art Group.
The two organizations are partnering to produce the art to be installed in several months at the park at 6955 Foothill Blvd. in the Black Cultural Zone.
For now, it will be displayed in downtown Oakland and is being created outside the Kaiser Permanente building at Broadway and 20th Street.
“Amidst uncertainty and unrest, it is a crucial time to use art to push culture forward.”Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, artist
“Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to ending systemic racism in our nation and breaking down barriers to equity,” said Yvette Radford, vice president with Kaiser Permanente Northern California External and Community Affairs, in a statement.
“As an organization with deep roots in Oakland, we want to do our part to help our community heal by showcasing the amazing contributions of Black artists and creating an inspirational-piece of art to remind us all of the importance of social justice, inclusiveness, and racial equity,” she said.
The mural is meant to celebrate diversity, support Black artists, and enhance social justice in Oakland.
Artists Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith and Joshua Mays are the pair creating the mural. One of Mays’ murals “Beacon Frequency Reader” can be seen on the side of a multi-story building at 1700 Broadway in Oakland.
“Kaiser Permanente has shown their deep commitment to the art community by sponsoring this piece,” said ABG Art Group director Sorell Raino-Tsui, in a statement.
He added that Mays and Wolfe-Goldsmith are two of Oakland’s best Black artists.
Wolfe-Goldsmith is a primarily self-taught American painter and muralist. She has created large-scale murals throughout the U.S. Australia and Costa Rica.
“Amidst uncertainty and unrest, it is a crucial time to use art to push culture forward,” she said in a statement.
Mays is also American, working as a painter, illustrator, and muralist. His work typically portrays Black people in fantastical settings.
“With all that is unfolding in the landscape I’m thrilled to use this platform to express all that is available within the current moment,” he said in a statement.
“I expect, through color, texture and narrative, we create a piece that reveals and transmits much needed doses of hope, perspective and possibility,” he added.
The artists will be at work for about two weeks creating the mural.