Tucked away at the west end of the Wynwood's Art District (3100 NW 5th Ave.), the Jose de Diego Middle school had been largely untouched by the area's storied outpouring of art and culture. Like many of the country's inner city public schools, a depressed economy and budget cuts writ large have led to the cancellation their arts program.
Enter the R.A.W Project. The group's enthusiastic director Robert de los Rios saw Art Basel 2014 as a primetime opportunity to raise awareness about de Diego's art program travails by bringing the promise of the neighborhood to the school's massive exterior walls. "I just saw the greatest canvas I've ever seen," de los Rios told NPR. "Look at the size of these walls, man!"
R.A.W. quickly attracted the attention of some of the world's most acclaimed muralists and graffiti artists and put them to work ahead of the fair. The result, well check out thelatest addition to our murals section.
While the mural project provides inspiration for young students and aspiring artists at the school, the visibility of the pieces are hoped to inspire donations from the larger community. With existing supplies and facilities already in place, the program just lacks the teachers to start administering them. If you'd like to help out please go to: www.projectwynwood.com/raw/#donate
For more on all the buzz, press, and participation surrounding R.A.W.'s partnership with the Jose de Diego Middle School check out the huffingtonpost's coverage and video.