It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see new mural initiatives appear in Little Haiti, after all it is only a stone throws away form one of the street art capitals of the world. And while this post is not exactly about a “Wynwood” mural, the neighboring communities of Little Haiti and Wynwood continue to blur the line that separates them. As the exodus continues into areas in close proximity to the established art district, the affordable rent prices of Little Haiti continue to attract an ever growing roster of Miami artists in search of ample studio space. Galleries have joined the migratory pattern as well, bringing along with them adventurous art enthusiasts in search of new proposals.
But back in 2002, well before Wynwood became a popular neighborhood covered in street art, Kyle Holbrook from Pittsburg; noticed the opportunity to make his community “more colorful and vibrant”. He approached his neighbors in Willkinsburg, with an initiative to beautify the area and involve the local kids while in their summer breaks. The project’s success spread to numerous communities, across state lines and beyond borders; and in 2010 the non-profit organization opened a satellite office in Miami.
Recently, the MLK Mural Project (Moving the Life of Kids Mural Project) began on another Little Haiti mural with the help of a few local and international heavy hitters. Artists such as Santiago Rubino, Axel Void, Jose Mertz, Caratoes, Derek Hunter, Abstrk and Chytea have joined Kyle Hollbrook in the new piece at the Little Haiti Soccer Park.
The MLK Mural Project is a charitable organization that focuses in the arts, youth development and education. Focusing in the transformation of communities by teaching the youth the art of Mural production and how to collaborate in the beautification of their town. The process involves collaboration with artists, schools, community groups, foster homes, etc. MLK has many mural projects located in more than 10 cities around the United States, the Caribbean and South America.