Laka Mural Project

FHN + KOHALA ARTISTS’ COOPERATIVE

OCTOBER 14-20, 2018

KOHALA ARTISTS’ COOPERATIVE, KAPA’AU, HAWAI’I

Laka, Goddess of Hula is a mural created in collaboration with community members at the Kohala Artists’ Cooperative located on the northern tip of the Island of Hawai’i. The mural project was blessed at the onset by Kahu Kealoha Sugiyama during an opening ceremony, and concluded a week later with a beautiful hula performance by Hula Halau O Mana’olana O Kohala.

The mural portrays Laka, who is a goddess of hula, framed by a halo of taro leaves. Her hair is shown flowing, depicting the constant winds of Kapa’au. She inspires the hula dancer. Laka is also credited as a goddess of the forest. She makes the forest grow and thrive. We must show respect and ask for entrance into the forest, which is Laka’s realm.

photos by: Anna Flint and Jahru | video by: Street Art Films

Pool Party Mural Project

FHN + Stephanie Baker + Elevate Church + Eastport Community

August 9, 2018

Leron M. Fisher Community Swimming Pool

Annapolis, MD

Pool Party Mural Project was a continuation of a series of art projects created throughout underserved communities in Annapolis. This particular project was in collaboration with kids from the greater Eastport community and Elevate Church, a local service program that engages youth in the community. The Pool Party mural was designed by local artist Stephanie Baker, FHN’s featured lead artist for this project.

Dream Big Mural Project

FHN + Black Wall Street Annapolis + Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens Kids

June 24, 2018

Newtowne 20, Annapolis, MD

Dream Big Mural Project was a continuation of a series of art projects created throughout underserved communities in Annapolis. This art project took place within Newtowne 20, a public housing development in Annapolis. In collaboration with youth from the Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens communities, FHN painted murals on fifteen boarded-up doors and windows of abandoned apartment units along the street and playground where the kids of the community live and play everyday. In addition to the smaller murals, a 32-ft. x 25-ft. mural overlooks the basketball court as a JumboTron, or a source of inspiration.

Pearl Bailey Mural Project

FHN + George “Lassie” Belt + Stanton Center Kids

May 5-6, 2018

Whitmore Garage, between Washington & Calvert Streets, Annapolis, MD

Pearl Bailey is the subject of a mural created in collaboration with George “Lassie” Belt and kids from the Stanton Community Center located in what is now Annapolis’ 2nd Ward, but will always be known by many as the Old 4th Ward. The mural is painted on the exterior of the Whitmore Parking Garage, which, during urban renewal and the civil rights movement, replaced 33 minority-owned businesses and numerous homes. On this once-thriving block existed a number of entertainment venues such as Susie’s Tea Room, Dixie Hotel, and The Washington Hotel, where singers such as Pearl Bailey once performed. While this history is new to some of our young collaborators, older residents reminisced about having known Pearl Bailey or attended her performances in the old neighborhood.

 
 

MLK Mural Project

FHN + Black Wall Street Annapolis + Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens Kids

April 28, 2018

Elizamae Robinson Community Center at Newtowne 20, Annapolis, MD

The MLK Mural Project kicked off a series of collaborative art projects created throughout underserved communities in Annapolis. Located inside the Elizamae Robinson Community Center in Newtowne 20, the MLK mural was a collaboration between youth from the Black Wall Street Annapolis program, Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens. The young artists were encouraged to incorporate text into the mural, some of which represents “shout-outs,” or “call and response,” recognizing neighborhoods and programs involved, while other text are quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Weird and Wonderful Mural Project

FHN + Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

April 14, 2018

810 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Weird and Wonderful Mural Project was a collaborative effort between FHN, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and 40 kids from various underserved communities and visual arts programs throughout the Annapolis area. We painted 10 murals – averaging 12-feet in height and made up of 32 panels in total – to cover 10 windows on the exterior of the arts building, which have been boarded up for decades. The title of this project refers to the unique and vibrant flora and fauna represented in the murals as well as the idea that it is okay to be weird – that each unique individual should embrace their “weirdness.”

The programs represented are: Jóvenes Artistas, Black Wall Street Annapolis, Centro De Ayuda, Annapolis High Performing and Visual Arts and Bates Middle Performing and Visual Arts.

 
 

Eastport Shell Mural Project

FHN + Charles Lawrance + Box of Rain youth

April 8, 2018

335 6th Street, Annapolis, MD

The Eastport Shell Mural Project was a collaboration between Charles Lawrance, our featured lead artist and concept designer, and youth from the Box of Rain, a local outreach program serving kids from surrounding underserved communities.

COLLAB: City Hall Exhibition and Council Chambers Tour

FHN + Black Wall Street Annapolis + Allison Zaucha

February 12, 2018

City Hall, Annapolis, MD

COLLAB: City Hall Exhibition and Council Chambers Tour was a collaboration between Black Wall Street Annapolis, photographer Allison Zaucha and kids from Stanton Center, Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens. The exhibition featured a 20-panel painting created by the Stanton Center youth, which also hung as a stage backdrop at the Mayoral Inauguration the previous month; a photography exhibition by youth from the Black Wall Street Annapolis outreach program in collaboration with Allison Zaucha; and a tour of the City Council Chambers conducted by Mayor Buckley and local historian and Ombudsman, Janice Hayes-Williams.

 
 

COLLAB: Print and Frame Workshop

FHN + Black Wall Street Annapolis

January 31, 2018

FHN Studio, Annapolis, MD

COLLAB: Print and Frame Workshop was a collaboration between FHN, Black Wall Street Annapolis and youth from Newtowne 20 and Woodside Gardens. FHN worked with the budding photographers in the studio, teaching how to digitally print and frame their work. The results from this workshop were then mounted and exhibited at City Hall followed by a public opening reception and a private tour of the City Council Chambers.

 
 

Ganga Mural Project

FHN + Himalayan English School

January 16-22, 2018

Ghansali, Uttarakhand, India

Sponsored by the Rivers of the World Foundation, FHN traveled to a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India to paint murals with youth of the Himalayan English School (HES). While engaged in the Ganga Mural Project, we bonded with our newest outpost community, deciding to return to Ghansali in 2019 to continue the collaboration.

Whenever we see this mural you appear in our memory... All students, staff and teachers of Himalayan English School Ghansali still remember you and feel connected with you emotionally. Both of you have not only created history in this small village but won the hearts of many people who live here throughout this landscape.”

-SUDHIR K. NAUTIYAL

Chairman and Founder, Himalayan English School

Benjamin Franklin Mural Project

FHN + Stanton Center Youth

December 3, 2017

Annapolis Collection Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Future History Now collaborated with fifteen 6 to 12-year old youth from the Stanton Center in the creation of a multi-panel mural. Each young artist was assigned with painting an 18x18 inch canvas. There were 20 canvases in all, each marked by a pre-drawn sketch by our team of artist-teachers. Each sketch represented a quadrant that, when screwed together in a particular order, depicted a realistic portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The youth had a vague idea that the assembled canvases would make up a single composition, but were unaware of the subject and the monumental presence the final painting would command.

This painting represents many parts, or synechdoche, necessary in creating the whole - a community coming together for the common good.

The final mural was hung on the stage during the Mayoral Inauguration on December 4, 2017, and then was exhibited in Annapolis’ City Hall during the month of Januray and Februarly , 2018.

André The Giant Mural Project

FHN + Moe Delaitre + Ussy-sur-Marne Kids

September 20, 2017

Ussy-sur-Marne, France

The André The Giant Mural Project was a collaboration with local artist, Moe Delaitre and youth from Ussy-sur-Marne, France, a small farm town forty-five minutes northeast of Paris. The subject of this mural, André René Ruoussimoff, aka André the Giant, grew up and is buried in Ussy-sur-Marne, beside his parents, and remains a legendary hero in the town.

Presidents Hill Mural Project

FHN + jahru + Jóneses Artistas

September 8, 2016

4 Madison Place, Annapolis, MD

The Presidents Hill Mural Project was a collaboration with Jóvenes Artistas, a local after school arts program serving kids from underserved communities. In this project, located in the Presidents Hill neighborhood of Annapolis, we painted a mural that combines American History (portraits of James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln), geometry, and a stencil application. Every geometric element in this painting is divisible by a 24” triangle cut out of a single piece of cardboard stencil, and 4 shades of grey spray paint. By manipulating the triangle positions and the 4 tonal values of paint, we created a 3-D effect with the background pattern to contrast the historical subject matter. Hence, Future History Now.

photos by: Laura Brino and Street Art Films