This Is What Happened When A Museum Allowed Artists To Paint Whatever They Wanted On The Walls

The Long Beach Museum of Art recently came up with an idea to allow street artists to paint whatever they wanted on the walls of the museum, free of censorship. The project is called “Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape” and began this running this June.

Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art said that the walls will be repainted after the exhibit is over this September.

“One of the goals behind ‘Vitality and Verve’ is to spotlight artists who are stepping out of their studios to paint on a grand scale using outdoor walls as their canvas as well as urban artists who are beginning to work in a traditional studio setting. Most of the works in this exhibition will be created on our gallery walls using both traditional and non-traditional art media. Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition. Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes,” Nelson said.

There are many great artists out there who don’t get an opportunity because they practice their craft outside of the traditional schools and galleries and projects like this gives these artists an opportunity to shine.

Some of the artwork can be seen below:

Artwork by Audrey Kawasaki


 Artwork by Cryptik


 Artwork by Alex Yanes


 Artwork by James Bullough



 Artwork by Aaron Horkey


Artwork by Jeff Soto



Artwork by Brendan Monroe



Artwork by SABER


Artwork by Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins


Artwork by Andrew Schoultz


Artwork by David ‘Meggs’ Hooke


Artwork by NoseGo


Artwork by Esao Andrews



John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.

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