by The Biscuit
Lo’Vonia Parks On Working With Franklin On The Mural:
“I assisted the artist Franklin Kernes on his letter V. He and I have worked together through Brand the Moth’s META Mural Residency program last year. I saw what Sam Guzzie and Dammit Wesley posted on IG and felt compelled to help ANY way I could. I came with snacks and Gatorade in my backpack and grabbed a brush.
Franklin can probably best describe the V. To me, what it meant was change for the future. The future are our children and when I saw his little girl cheer him on, the message was clear. Change happens NOW for our FUTURE.
I posted on my Facebook page that you can’t spell ‘heart’ without ‘art’ … and yesterday that showed. I saw and participated with people who asked about what our letter’s message was. I heard from people who were honest and open about learning more about BIPOC’s injustices and they listened.
Art is an experience and not just a novelty. The power of art lets people gather safely together to become aware of the hatred and racism within our country. The art created a safe space to express the truth.”