Ask an Expert: Mural Implementation & Community Engagement

image About this Conversation

Murals can be a source of pride for communities and come with their own opportunities and challenges for public art program administrators. Developing a mural requires skill and knowledge to best engage and represent the members of the surrounding community. In this second of two Ask an Expert virtual conversations about murals, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field on mural implementation and community engagement. Participants will gain insight on what it takes to implement a mural, manage community expectations, learn about available resources, and more! 

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear from experts in the implementation of murals and community engagement
  • Gain knowledge on what it takes to manage community expectations
  • Learn about resources available for the development and implementation of murals

Tune into Part 1 of this series, Ask An Expert: Mural Policy and Management, here:

Silvia López Chavez

Artist, Chavez Design Studio

Boston based, interdisciplinary artist Silvia López Chavez believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her work investigates the basic human need to connect on multiple levels: socially, politically and culturally. She enjoys making art with others which has led her to community works and public art projects including the first professionally-commissioned mural on the Charles River Esplanade in partnership with Now+There. Recent public art commissions include Northeastern University, Punto Urban Art Museum, Barr Foundation, HoneyGrow restaurant, HUBweek and Google.

Chavez’s work has received recognition through grant awards and artist residencies including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Chavez holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and an associate degree from Altos de Chavon the School of Design in the Dominican Republic. In addition to her fine art practice, she is an award-winning design professional, working for over 16 years with high-profile companies and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Twitter: @SilviaLChavez  and  @Art_Design_Love  

Julia Muney Moore

Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

Julia Moore has been a public art administrator since 2004 and the Director of Public Art at the Arts Council for five years. She was previously a contemporary art curator for 14 years, specializing in site-specific projects, and was the project manager for the public art collection at Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital among others.  Moore has worked with numerous property owners and communities around Indianapolis on their public art and has managed the commissioning of dozens of murals, including a current series painted on the walls of central Indiana Jiffy Lube stores.

Twitter: @artscouncilindy   


Ask an Expert: Mural Implementation & Community Engagement
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