At BLINK Cincinnati, Part II with: Beau Stanton, Herakut, Royyal Dog, The London Police, Chinny Bond, Bikismo, Logan Hicks and Keya Tama

From October 10 to October 14, BLINK Cincinnati  — a light and art event featuring large-scale projection mapping, light-based sculptures, interactive art, live performances and mural art — attracted close to 1.5 million people. Spanning over 30 city blocks from the banks of Northern Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, it was the region’s largest event ever. While much … Read moreAt BLINK Cincinnati, Part II with: Beau Stanton, Herakut, Royyal Dog, The London Police, Chinny Bond, Bikismo, Logan Hicks and Keya Tama

Planning protests, not prom: Inside today’s youth climate strike movement

By Brandon Pytel On a Friday afternoon in early autumn, 17-year-old Jerome Foster II was not at school. He wasn’t at home, either. Foster was outside the White House in Washington, D.C., holding a sign that read, “School Strike for Climate” and protesting government inaction on climate change. “Most of the time I’m here by … Read morePlanning protests, not prom: Inside today’s youth climate strike movement

ADD FUEL’s ‘TOGETHER TO GATHER’ Mural for PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES Campaign, France 2019

Portuguese artist ADD FUEL contributes to the initiative PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES in collaboration with (RED) in Lyon, France, in his latest mural ‘Together to Gather’. PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES is the first global street art campaign created to bring urgent action in the fight to end AIDS. PAINT (RED) is curated by Scott Lawin, … Read moreADD FUEL’s ‘TOGETHER TO GATHER’ Mural for PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES Campaign, France 2019

At Rooftop Legends on the Lower East Side With: Cycle, Queen Andrea, Part One, Dez, Will Power, Albertus Joseph, Jaek El Diablo and Mast

The following guest poet is by Lower East Side-based photographer Ana Candelaria After two decades of attending classes at Seward Park High School — when I wasn’t hanging out in the parking lot! — I was back. I never thought I would be. This time, though, it was to hang on the rooftop with some of … Read moreAt Rooftop Legends on the Lower East Side With: Cycle, Queen Andrea, Part One, Dez, Will Power, Albertus Joseph, Jaek El Diablo and Mast

Underway at BLINK Cincinnati: ELLE, Natalia Rak, Tatiana Suarez, Royyal Dog, Logan Hicks, Vhils and Faith 47

A free four-day event taking place from the banks of Northern Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, BLINK Cincinnati is one of our nation’s largest light and art festivals. Under the curatorial direction of  BLINK partner The AGAR, over a dozen new murals are currently underway or near completion. Featured above is the increasingly itinerant ELLE at work. Several more images … Read moreUnderway at BLINK Cincinnati: ELLE, Natalia Rak, Tatiana Suarez, Royyal Dog, Logan Hicks, Vhils and Faith 47

Parees Festival wrap up their third edition, Spain 2019

Parees Festival has just wrapped up it’s third edition bringing five new murals from national and international artists to Oviedo, Spain. Artists invited by Parees this year included: Mina Hamada, Hedof & Joren Joshua, Udatxo, Catalina Rodríguez Villazón y Matth Velvet. The five new street art murals bring a mixture of different styles and themes, … Read moreParees Festival wrap up their third edition, Spain 2019

Life is Beautiful Urban Art Festival, Downtown Las Vegas 2019

For seven consecutive years global creative house Justkids has collaborated with Life Is Beautiful festival to transform the cityscape of Downtown Las Vegas, consistently curating ambitious semi-permanent murals and site specific installations. The woman-run creative enterprise recently debuted seven new works from artists Ernest Zacharevic, Daku, HOTTEA, Zosen & Mina Hamada, Mantra and AKACorleone, joining … Read moreLife is Beautiful Urban Art Festival, Downtown Las Vegas 2019

Artist Amadama makes a Loud Impression at this year’s BLOOP Festival, Ibiza 2019

The BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival is back for its 9th consecutive edition, and this year the Ibiza festival goes back to the basics of the street art movement, choosing to be pure and anonymous. This year artists built their aesthetics around the theme RESILIENCE . Artist AMADAMA creates an installation titled ‘The Equalizer’ and … Read moreArtist Amadama makes a Loud Impression at this year’s BLOOP Festival, Ibiza 2019

Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XV: Menace Two & Resa Piece, Son Coro, Maria De Los Angeles, Michel Velt, Jess X Snow, Rosk & Loste and Dreph

This is the 15th in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of faces that have surfaced in NYC open spaces. The image above featuring Lauryn Hill was painted by the Brooklyn-based “dynamic duo,” Menace Two and Resa Piece with JMZ Walls.  Several more images of captivating faces that I’ve come upon in my relatively … Read moreFaces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XV: Menace Two & Resa Piece, Son Coro, Maria De Los Angeles, Michel Velt, Jess X Snow, Rosk & Loste and Dreph

At SpraySeeMo Mural Festival in Kansas City, MO: Tarbox, Samuel Hale, Emily Ding, Lauren YS, Dustin Spagnola, Zulu Painter and Arsek & Erase

In its mission to “continue to grow and propel Kansas City into a mural-laden town that promotes creative expression and exploration,” SpraySeeMO  recently invited over three dozen artists to share their talents and visions on the streets of the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City. The magical mural featured above was painted by the wildly … Read moreAt SpraySeeMo Mural Festival in Kansas City, MO: Tarbox, Samuel Hale, Emily Ding, Lauren YS, Dustin Spagnola, Zulu Painter and Arsek & Erase

Green Ribbon Schools pave the way in environmental education

By Kira Heeschen The U.S. Department of Education recognized 53 schools as Green Ribbon Schools on Friday at the U.S. Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. These schools have demonstrated their commitment to environmental education and sustainability by implementing a myriad of initiatives. Their new programs strive to increase environmental literacy and engagement in … Read moreGreen Ribbon Schools pave the way in environmental education

Speaking with Paris-Based Artist and Activist Lily Luciole in NYC

I first met and interviewed Lily Luciole back in 2014 when she came to NYC to share her distinct vision on our streets . Active throughout the globe, but particularly in Montreal and Paris, Lily fashions alluring mixed media images — largely inspired by her African heritage and her quest to reclaim her identity. The artist … Read moreSpeaking with Paris-Based Artist and Activist Lily Luciole in NYC

Banksy Opens his own Homewares Store “Gross Domestic Product TM” in Croydon, London 2019

Banksy has opened his first ever homewares store in Croydon, London today. The store is called “Gross Domestic Product TM” and has many wonderful items in the shop window display. Banksy ‘ Gross Domestic Product’ Photo Credit GraffitiStreet.com Gross Domestic Product is the homewares brand from Banksy and this is his first and only store. … Read moreBanksy Opens his own Homewares Store “Gross Domestic Product TM” in Croydon, London 2019

The 14th edition of the Asalto Festival unites locals with murals, Zaragoza 2019

The Asalto Festival has celebrated its 14th edition in Zaragoza and continues to spread public art throughout the city. Between 16th and 22th September 2019 street artists Dimitris Taxis (Greece), Hello’o Collective (Belgium), Isabel Garmón (Spain), Maiky Maik (Spain), Spogo (Spain) and Urku, (Ecuador) have created murals in Las Fuentes and adapted their personal style … Read moreThe 14th edition of the Asalto Festival unites locals with murals, Zaragoza 2019

You’re doing it wrong: 7 tips to recycle better

By Brandon Pytel I recently wrote a post about the problem of recycling, and it got me thinking about my own recycling habits — more specifically, how little I know about recycling. Do I separate bottle caps or lids? How clean do materials have to be? What about all those numbers on plastics? Frustrated, I … Read moreYou’re doing it wrong: 7 tips to recycle better

Earth Day Network cleans up local park for National Public Lands Day

By Austin Downs This past Saturday, September 28, Earth Day Network staff and interns said they’ve had enough trash talk in the office and decided to volunteer in their own backyard. The event, hosted by the Rock Creek Conservancy, was part of National Public Lands Day, a day of service put on by the National … Read moreEarth Day Network cleans up local park for National Public Lands Day

At the GrandScale Mural Project in East Harlem: Ralph Serrano, Anjl, Dister, Anna Lustberg, Toofly, Alexis Duque, Shiro, Funqest, Christy Ayala, Rob Ayala, Project Curator Ayana Ayo and More

For three weekends this past month, dozens of artists were at work transforming three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North into a vibrant, intriguing outdoor gallery. While visiting last weekend, we had the opportunity to pose a few questions to its dynamic curator, Ayana Ayo. This project is wonderful. We love the … Read moreAt the GrandScale Mural Project in East Harlem: Ralph Serrano, Anjl, Dister, Anna Lustberg, Toofly, Alexis Duque, Shiro, Funqest, Christy Ayala, Rob Ayala, Project Curator Ayana Ayo and More

Global Street Artists are Painting the World (RED) in the Fight Against AIDS, 2019

PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES is the first global street art campaign created to drive urgency action in the fight to end AIDS. PAINT (RED) is curated by Scott Lawin, founder of Museum of the Street, with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck /MSD. “Street art is the original social media. Public … Read moreGlobal Street Artists are Painting the World (RED) in the Fight Against AIDS, 2019

Out of office: DC streets shut down again by climate activists

By Brandon Pytel The groups that shut down 22 intersections in Washington, D.C. on Monday were at it again Friday morning. This time, they took to the streets to march for climate action. “Climate change is happening right now,” said Kaela Bamberger, an organizer for climate activism group Extinction Rebellion DC. “The extreme weather and … Read moreOut of office: DC streets shut down again by climate activists

Faith XLVII’s Largest Mural Promotes Positivity for a Golden Future, Philadelphia 2019

International urban artist Faith XLVII has recently painted her largest mural to date… a 19 storey high mural! produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and created for University Square complex. The Silent Watcher © 2019 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Faith XLVII, 3901 Market Street. Photo by Steve Weinik. The huge mural is titled … Read moreFaith XLVII’s Largest Mural Promotes Positivity for a Golden Future, Philadelphia 2019

Why “Silent Spring” still matters

By Samantha Liptak and Mohammad Alserheed Nearly 60 years ago, Rachel Carson shocked the agricultural industry with her critique of indiscriminate pesticide use in the United States. “Silent Spring,” her book, quickly became a trademark of environmental activism, paving the way for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and a plethora of other modern-day … Read moreWhy “Silent Spring” still matters

The ocean and cryosphere are taking the heat for unchecked climate change, new UN report warns

By Brandon Pytel For decades the ocean and cryosphere — the frozen parts of the planet — have been the unsung heroes in our climate crisis, absorbing 90 percent of the world’s excess heat. But now all that warming is catching up to us, a U.N. report out today warns. The beating the ocean and … Read moreThe ocean and cryosphere are taking the heat for unchecked climate change, new UN report warns

Millions of people participate in World Cleanup Day

By Austin Downs This past Saturday, September 21, an estimated 18.6 million people across 179 countries and territories participated in World Cleanup Day. Commencing the day after an estimated 4 million people, predominantly youth, participated in a global climate strike, World Cleanup Day continued to build on the momentum of greater action in the face … Read moreMillions of people participate in World Cleanup Day

World leaders forced to answer global demand for action at UN Climate Action Summit

By Justine Sullivan Following a global climate strike that turned out 4 million people across the world, world leaders met today at United Nations headquarters in New York City to discuss national contributions to the 2015 U.N. Paris Agreement, the international agreement that aims to limit temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. The most powerful … Read moreWorld leaders forced to answer global demand for action at UN Climate Action Summit

POW! WOW! Rotterdam Wrap up their Second Successful Street Art Festival, 2019

The international street art festival POW! WOW! has just wrapped up its second Rotterdam edition on Sunday 15th September 2019. With a street art program of international renown, vibrant live music performances, a breakdance program featuring the worldwide elite, and visitors from all over The Netherlands and far beyond, it was an overwhelming success. More … Read morePOW! WOW! Rotterdam Wrap up their Second Successful Street Art Festival, 2019

At Bright Walls in Jackson, Michigan: Claire Foxton, Arlin, Emily Ding, Ouizi, Mr. Prvrt & Ms. Shaftway, George Rose and Key Detail

A public art and mural festival, founded and run by the Jackson Young Professionals, Bright Walls is transforming Downtown Jackson, Michigan into a vibrant, alluring outdoor museum. The captivating mural pictured above — featuring the wonderfully generous Jackson resident Wanda Beavers aka “Mama Tu-Tu” — was painted by Australian artist and designer Claire Foxton. What follows … Read moreAt Bright Walls in Jackson, Michigan: Claire Foxton, Arlin, Emily Ding, Ouizi, Mr. Prvrt & Ms. Shaftway, George Rose and Key Detail

Traffic brought to standstill as climate strikes shut down Washington, DC

By Brandon Pytel A pink and yellow boat shut down a major Washington, D.C., intersection this morning. Yes, you read that correctly. The boat was strategically placed by climate activism group Extinction Rebellion as part of its attempt to “shut down D.C.” The event intends to “block key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual, bringing the whole … Read moreTraffic brought to standstill as climate strikes shut down Washington, DC

Young people meet at UN headquarters in NYC for first-ever Youth Climate Summit

By Brandon Pytel On Saturday, the United Nations hosted its first-ever Youth Climate Summit, bringing together more than 700 youth climate leaders from around the world to voice collective frustration about government inaction on climate change and discuss climate solutions for the future. “Change rarely happens from the top down,” said Argentinian climate activist Bruno … Read moreYoung people meet at UN headquarters in NYC for first-ever Youth Climate Summit

“Change is coming, whether they like it or not.” Youth climate strikes break records worldwide

By Brandon Pytel An estimated 250,000 people, mostly young people, showed up in New York City today to send a message to leaders: The planet is in a climate emergency, and young people will not sit idly by and do nothing. Holding signs that read “Respect Your Mother (Earth),” “The Climate Crisis is Now” and … Read more“Change is coming, whether they like it or not.” Youth climate strikes break records worldwide

At “Street Lynx Bta” in Bogota, Colombia: Ledania, SakoAsko, Beek, DjLu, El Care Barbie and More

Home to dozens of outstanding artists who are active on both the streets and in their studios, Bogota is a thriving oasis of strikingly impressive urban art. Yet — like so many South American cities — it has been largely overlooked by the dominant street art scene. In his efforts to bring his city’s extraordinary … Read moreAt “Street Lynx Bta” in Bogota, Colombia: Ledania, SakoAsko, Beek, DjLu, El Care Barbie and More

Yosemite cleanup ascends to new heights

By Brandon Pytel Yosemite, California’s renowned national park, is getting a facelift. Yosemite Climbing Association is putting on their annual cleanup, Yosemite Facelift, from September 24–29. In addition to organizing a park-wide cleanup, Facelift incorporates panels, concerts and raffles and provides camping for 500 people throughout the week. “[Facelift] gives people a chance to invest … Read moreYosemite cleanup ascends to new heights

“Aerosol: Graffiti | Street Art | New Jersey | Now” Opens at Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey

Opening tomorrow, Thursday, September 19, at the elegant Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ is “Aerosol: Graffiti | Street Art | New Jersey | Now,”  the first U.S. museum exhibition to showcase contemporary urban artwork painted directly from floor to ceiling onto a museum’s gallery walls. While visiting the exhibition as its installation was near completion, I … Read more“Aerosol: Graffiti | Street Art | New Jersey | Now” Opens at Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey

Students in Japan use cleanups to educate about plastic pollution

By Rachel Weisbrot On September 15, almost 25,000 people gathered near Chiba, Japan, to learn about the dangers of plastic pollution and what to do about it. At the event, people navigated a room filled with pictures and videos, almost as if walking around an art gallery — except they weren’t looking at normal pieces … Read moreStudents in Japan use cleanups to educate about plastic pollution

Beautiful new mural by Tomokazu Matsuyama on the iconic Houston Bowery Graffiti Wall, New York 2019

Japanese contemporary artist Tomokazu Matsuyama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and has just finished work on the latest mural at the iconic Houston Bowery Graffiti Wall at the corner of Bowery & Houston St. in Manhattan’s Lower East Side/Chinatown area. Matsuyama is influenced by a variety of subjects, including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, classical Greek and … Read moreBeautiful new mural by Tomokazu Matsuyama on the iconic Houston Bowery Graffiti Wall, New York 2019

Doctor’s orders: Support youth climate strikes

By Tracey Ann Ritchie, Ph.D. Director of Education at Earth Day Network I fully support the climate strikes on September 20, 2019. The opportunity to participate in the global environmental movement is both meaningful and educational. Through climate strikes, students learn about environmental science, government policy, critical and systems thinking, team building, communication and many … Read moreDoctor’s orders: Support youth climate strikes

“We have the opportunity to save the Earth.” Youth activists talk climate action before Global Climate Strike

By Brandon Pytel This morning, Earth Day Network and Twitter co-hosted “Bringing Youth to Power,” an event that showcased some of the most prominent voices in the youth climate movement. The panel gave these activists a platform to discuss the challenges, fears and motivations in the existential fight for the future. “We have the opportunity … Read more“We have the opportunity to save the Earth.” Youth activists talk climate action before Global Climate Strike

Speaking With Brooklyn-Based Multidisciplinary Artist Baston714

The following guest poet is by Lower East Side-based photographer Ana Candelaria Born and raised in Brooklyn, Baston714 has been making his mark on our streets these past few years with his uniquely intriguing wheatpastes, paste-ups and stickers. By chance, I came upon him while he was painting a mural outside the Second Avenue subway station — … Read moreSpeaking With Brooklyn-Based Multidisciplinary Artist Baston714

“Our future is a right.” Youth climate activists strike outside White House

By Brandon Pytel As they do every Friday, young people representing youth climate movement Fridays for Future USA gathered outside the White House to protest government inaction on climate change. This morning, though, they were joined by the Fridays for Future founder and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Several hundred of young people representing climate … Read more“Our future is a right.” Youth climate activists strike outside White House

Banksy’s Brexit Mural has been Erased and all that Remains is the White Flag and an Unexecuted Plan, Dover 2019

Guerrilla street artist, Banksy, known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stenciled pieces has just responded on his Instagram page to his Dover mural being whitewashed. The EU flag mural in Dover, England was originally painted in May 2017, and depicted a worker chipping away at one of the European flag’s 12 stars leaving cracks in the … Read moreBanksy’s Brexit Mural has been Erased and all that Remains is the White Flag and an Unexecuted Plan, Dover 2019

Back at “The Sack” With: Sade TCM, Part One, Sienide, Soze 527, Wore One, Johnny Samp, Fargo and More

Brimming always with color, craft and attitude, the walls that surface at Hackensack’s Union Street Park — under the curatorial direction of Darrius-Jabbar Sollas — are a graffiti lover’s heaven. The mural featured above was painted by the hugely talented Sade TCM. Several more images captured last week follow: The legendary Part One Bronx-based Sienide Graffiti master Soze … Read moreBack at “The Sack” With: Sade TCM, Part One, Sienide, Soze 527, Wore One, Johnny Samp, Fargo and More

We’re all fucked up! But we’re all one. Fucked up. One.

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Everyone I’ve ever met had been fucked up in some way. Each and everyone. We all got our scratches. Doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, yellow, red or purple. Or if you’re Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist or doesn’t give a fuck. We’re all one. Let’s start from there. Let’s start the conversation and connection from … Read moreWe’re all fucked up! But we’re all one. Fucked up. One.

The art and science of soil

EDN’s Artists for the Earthtm Spotlight: Kirsten Kurtz Artists and scientists collaborate to address the issues of climate change and the environment in mutually beneficial ways. Art gains added dimension through science and technology while science becomes relatable on a personal level through art. Now both science and art have come together in what might … Read moreThe art and science of soil

First Street Green Art Park: Nite Owl, Panmela Castro, Marzipan Physics, K-NOR, Cram Concepts with Ratchi NYC, Binho & Ramón Amorós

During the past several weeks, over a dozen intriguing murals have surfaced at First Street Green Art Park. Fashioned by local, national and international artists, they reflect a huge range of styles and sensibilities, The now-iconic image featured above is the work of the nomadic Nite Owl. Several more recent additions to First Street Green Art … Read moreFirst Street Green Art Park: Nite Owl, Panmela Castro, Marzipan Physics, K-NOR, Cram Concepts with Ratchi NYC, Binho & Ramón Amorós

Guerrilla Artist VLADY is Playing Games at BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival, IBIZA 2019

BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival IBIZA has been enjoying its 9th year celebrating the open arts in Ibiza. The 2019 summer event opened on 15th August and ran to 5th September, based on the theme RESILIENCE, illustrating one’s tenacity to bounce back subsequent to events and experiences. BLOOP is a completely free art festival that showcases … Read moreGuerrilla Artist VLADY is Playing Games at BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival, IBIZA 2019

How toxic algae blooms work

By Brandon Pytel As algae blooms explode around the U.S., infecting shorelines with toxic, sludgy waters, an otherwise relaxing day at the beach can quickly turn into a hazardous mess. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a harmful algae bloom bulletin about the western basin of Lake Erie, warning that toxic algae … Read moreHow toxic algae blooms work

Climate change threatens to tear ecosystems apart, warns Amazon rainforest expert

By Brandon Pytel Climate change is threatening our wildlife, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Amazon rainforest. As the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon spans 2.3 million square miles (twice the size of India) and has within its borders the world’s largest river basin. It’s also one of the richest biological … Read moreClimate change threatens to tear ecosystems apart, warns Amazon rainforest expert

At Wide Open Walls: Lauren YS, Molly Devlin, Kirileigh Jones, David Puck, Mars-1, John Horton, Mabel Vicentef & Jessie and Katey

In its mission to “promote diversity through artistic expression” and to share public art with a wide audience, Wide Open Walls recently added 40 new murals to Sacramento’s visual landscape. The mural featured above was fashioned by the LA-based artist Lauren YS. Several more images captured during the fourth annual art festival of Wide Open Walls by travel … Read moreAt Wide Open Walls: Lauren YS, Molly Devlin, Kirileigh Jones, David Puck, Mars-1, John Horton, Mabel Vicentef & Jessie and Katey

Marcelo Ment: From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to JMZ Walls on Myrtle and Broadway in Brooklyn, NYC

Earlier this month, Brazilian artist Marcelo Ment returned briefly to NYC, gracing a huge corner at JMZ Walls on Myrtle and Broadway in Bushwick. For three days, he worked approximately eights hours each day, interacting with local folks from the neighborhood and walking away with a strong sense of the place and the people who … Read moreMarcelo Ment: From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to JMZ Walls on Myrtle and Broadway in Brooklyn, NYC

Splash and Burn Presents REWILD from Street Artist ESCIF, Indonesia 2019

REWILD is the latest campaign from creative initiative Splash and Burn, and Spanish artist ESCIF. Splash and Burn uses Art as an alternative platform projecting critical ecological issues, curated by Ernest Zacharevic and coordinated by Charlotte Pyatt. As with every Splash and Burn Art project, REWILD serves to highlight and bring worldwide attention to the loss of forest habitat on the Indonesian … Read moreSplash and Burn Presents REWILD from Street Artist ESCIF, Indonesia 2019

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