Stand Up For Our Streets | Art + Environment
Artist: Jamond Bullock
Most recent benchmark/update: Final installation approved.
Jamond Bullocks’s Stand Up For Our Streets covers a 6,000 square-foot wall on the side of Superlo Foods, at 3327 N. Watkins in Frayser. The mural is intended as a positive vision of environmental change, depicting residents cleaning up trash and protesting for environmental justice in the neighborhood. “This project is centered around dumping, and my way of combating the dumping is to transform the space,” Bullock told the Commercial Appeal in March.
Bullock’s mural was produced through the Art & Environment Initiative, a program that UAC launched in 2018, funded by a capacity building grant from Mural Arts Philadelphia. UAC partnered with Clean Memphis and MMDC (Memphis Medical District Collaborative) in the creation of two projects that use public art to address an environmental opportunity/situation in two neighborhoods: Uptown and Frayser. Jamond Bullock was selected to lead the project in Frayser, while artist Khara Woods was chosen to work with residents in Uptown.
Bullock worked with residents and organizations in Frayser to determine the environmental focus of the project. In a series of workshops, representatives from the Frayser CDC, the Frayser Public Library, Girls, Inc., and youth from area high schools all contributed their thoughts and observations. “It's important that communities are part of the process from start to finish, because people value public art in their neighborhoods when they have a voice or even a hand in its creation,” says Bulluck. After these conversations, it was concluded that the top environmental concern in Frayser is the illegal dumping of tires, furniture, mattresses, and other medium to large sized items along curbs, in front of people’s homes, and in vacant lots and fields in the neighborhood. As a part of the project, Bullock sponsored community cleanup days, collected tires, and hosted a walk/run trash collecting event.
About the Artist
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Jamond Bullock received a BA in Fine Art from LeMoyne-Owen College in 2008. Primarily working in acrylic, Bullock style is colorful, loose and expressive. His purpose in life is to create and spread artistic vision throughout the world. He is also a performance painter for special events under the name Alive Paint.
Bullock grew up in Frayser, and has deep roots in the community. As an adult, he returned to the neighborhood to teach art Whitney Elementary. “In so many ways the community of Frayser has been calling me back,” Bullock says. “As a witness to the neighborhood’s decline, I always wondered how I could be a part of a healing process.”