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I AM SINGING

A photograph of the first Great March on Washington, turned painting now sits at the NIA center, a prominent transportation hub in Louisville. The image was captured by the notable Brooklyn born (later Chicagoan) photographer Danny Lyon, known from his implementation of new journalism photo documentation throughout some of the most historical moments of the civil rights era. With the organizing efforts of Darius Dennis and Katy Delahanty, Charles Nunn and Jared Diaz painted I AM SINGING.

WHY THE MARCH?

Captured in song, the image of SNCC members protesting at The Great March on Washington seemed to hit all the right notes. Among two to three hundred thousand people, the picture shows students gathered in an honest and passionate gathering to promote freedom, civil rights, and human dignity. As national conversations expose deep wounds and nuanced struggles, we hoped this image would be an equitable gift providing cultural richness and a beacon for hope and change.

SECURING THE SPACE

Getting approval to paint on the NIA center, a federal and municipal building and transportation hub involved tremendous efforts by Darius Dennis and Katy Delahanty on behalf of Louisville Visual Arts. This included participation and/or approval from the Commission on Public Art, TARC, Louisville Metro, and administrators Sarah Lindgren and Ramona Lindsey. 

PREAPARING THE MURAL

In July, we kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign to continue the spirit of our first mural in a four part series. By absorbing some costs ourselves and in kind donations of paint provided by Colossal Media, we set off four Charlie Nunn’s hometown, Louisville. Nicole Grecco-Lucchina prepared our drawing again, and Jared Diaz burned the “patterns” (transfer paper). 

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PROJECTING THE STORY

On August 11, 2020 Charlie Nunn and Jared Diaz arrived at the NIA center to paint I AM SINGING. In solidarity with local and national calls for police reform and justice for Breonna Taylor, we offered a symbol of hope by projecting a piece of history in a museum quality artwork. Whereas Louisville Metro P.D. had banned assemblies on streets, we were there to paint a permanent symbol of protest and freedom.

I AM SINGING GALLERY

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