Boarded-Up Storefronts Provide Canvas for Change

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Boarded-Up Storefronts Provide Canvas for Change

Artists take to boarded-up storefronts on Madison's State Street to spread messages.

By Lina Soblytė, Trevor Keller, Eric Schwierske

June 10, 2020 • South Central Region

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George Floyd mural on Madison's State street.

George Floyd mural on Madison's State street.

A mural covering the windows of Rising Sons Thai restaurant.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
A mural depicting black lives matter and pride movements on Madison's State Street. Eric Schwierske/PBS Wisconsin
Words from Bob Marley's songs shaping his hair in the mural call for justice and peace.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
"The Importance of Black Lives Isn't a Debate" mural on State Street by PBS Wisconsin Television Artist Rodney Lambright II. Trevor Keller/PBS Wisconsin
A memorial for Breonna Taylor.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
Cyclists exploring State Street art.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
Mural of a woman on Madison's State Street.Trevor Keller/PBS Wisconsin
George Floyd mural and memorial covering Casa de Lara restaurant on State street.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
Mural in front of Mooyah on Madison's State Street. Eric Schwierske/PBS Wisconsin
State Street art with one of the most popular chants of the protests: "I Can't Breathe."Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
"I had a Nightmare" mural on Red Square Flowers store on State Street.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
A collection of murals on State Street.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
"LOVE" mural on State Street.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
Artist Liu Szwako works on a mural on Madison's State Street.Trevor Keller/PBS Wisconsin
A group of artists working on a big scale mural covering one of the Overture Center windows.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
A boy throwing a fist in the air while posing by the mural of Barack and Michelle Obama.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
An empowering mural with the famous words of Maya Angelou.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin
A passerby captures art on a side street near the State Street.Lina Soblytė/PBS Wisconsin

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