The role of Creatives and Artists in telling the story of Juneteenth through public art is vital in raising awareness and educating people about the significance of this historic moment. Public art has the power to inspire, engage, and create meaningful conversations, making it an effective tool for highlighting and celebrating the contributions of African Americans to society. Through their art, Creatives and Artists can explore and represent the complexity of Black culture, history, and identity, bringing to light stories that have been marginalized or overlooked. Public art can also serve as a means for social and political activism, challenging societal norms and promoting social change. By commemorating Juneteenth through public art, Creatives and Artists have an opportunity to promote unity, equality, and social justice, making a lasting impact on communities and the broader society.
The original Absolute Equality-Juneteenth Mural project in Galveston TX was brought to life by a team of talented Creatives led by Reginald C. Adams. The team, also known as the Creatives, included KaDavien Baylor, Samson Bimbo Adenugba, Dantrell Bonae Boone, Cherry Meekins, and Joshua Bennett, who brought their unique artistic perspectives and skills to the project. Together, they worked tirelessly to design and produce the first Absolute Equality mural, which features vibrant colors and intricate details that celebrate the rich history and culture of Juneteenth. Their work has served as an inspiration for other Creatives across the USA.
Meet The Creatives
Reginald C. Adams: Galveston, TX 2021 & Houston, TX 2023
Reginald C. Adams is an award winning Houston-based public artist and social activist who has dedicated his career to creating art that promotes social change. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Absolute Equality-Juneteenth Mural Project, Adams has been instrumental in commemorating Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in American history when enslaved people in Texas were finally informed of their freedom. The project features large-scale murals that celebrate Black culture and history, highlighting prominent historical figures and symbols of African American culture. Adams has worked closely with community members and teams of artists to create the murals, using his art as a platform to promote dialogue and raise awareness about social justice issues. Through his powerful art, Adams has inspired unity and equality, leaving a lasting impact on communities across the country.
KaDavien Baylor: Shreveport, LA 2022
KaDavien Baylor's work focuses on human transformation, social theories, and encapsulating experience. Drawing on his interest and training in communication design, he combines elements of design and abstraction through many mediums. Known for his “Masters” series, Baylor creates work that focuses on the possibility of using art to promote self and social understanding. He smartly upturns human values and art values. In all aspects of his work, he contends with the notion of art as a powerful tool of communication defined by modern aesthetics and encapsulating design. In 2022, KaDavien was the artist and designer for the Absolute Equality mural in Shreveport, LA.
Fel'le: Detroit, MI 2023
Fel’le is a nationally renowned artist and Detroit native, who began painting at the age of 14. He quickly developed a passion for art and opened his first business, “Another Level Airbrushing and Nail Salon" at 21. In 1995, he signed with a publishing company and began traveling the U.S. selling his art. Over the years, he has painted for a range of celebrities, opened “Kingpin Kustomz” and appeared on GSN’s hit reality TV show, “Skin Wars.” His works are inspired by music and life he strives to create artwork that is detailed and unique. His passion for his community and art alike is the sole inspiration for the birth of his artwork and creative endeavors.
Rahmaan Statik: Chicago, IL 2023
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Statik became inspired to be involved with the subculture of urban graffiti. A consequent arrest for “vandalism” put him on a mission to legitimize the production of aerosol murals. This became the main focus of his work: public murals that fuse the graffiti aesthetic with a classical training received from the American Academy of Art. Through the Chicago Public Art Group and Gallery 37, Statik instructs children in mural painting techniques and mentors young artists in their craft. Statik is currently developing an instructional video on large-scale aerosol pieces.
Jahson Jones: Miami, FL 2022
Jahson Jones who goes by the artist name of YENGSHUI, is a digital artist, creative blogger, art influencer, and fashion designer from Atlanta, GA, currently resides in Miami, FL. YENGSHUI is a board member of the Miami Black Arts Collective, @miamiblackartscollective. He received a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from AIU, Dunwoody, GA and earned his Master's of Design & Media Management from the Miami International University of Art & Design. His art style includes pop art, symbolism, mixed media, augmented reality, digital nft's, and portrait art. In 2022, Jones was the artist and designer for the Absolute Equality-Juneteenth mural Miami, FL.
JD Moore: Dallas, TX 2023
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, JD has been working full-time as an artist since 2013. JD was inundated with images of unarmed black people being shot by the police and having a negative encounter with an officer after he reached for his weapon upon being startled when he and his friend entered a restaurant. This experience would have an important impact on how and what he created. In 2015, he made the decision to primarily paint people of color, to not only cope with the traumatic images being shown in the media but also to feel like he was contributing to changing the way black men and women are seen.
Keisha Whatley: Philadelphia, PA 2023
Raised in West Philadelphia, Keisha Whatley graduated from the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. At a very young age, Keisha excelled in the drawing and painting discipline and went on to study at Parsons School of Design (NY), The School of Visual Arts (NY), and The Art Institute of Philadelphia (PA). Using her creativity as the main ingredient, her work aims to create something aesthetically beautiful while challenging viewers to question beliefs, inherent biases, and the need for compassion in everyday life.
Tierra Armstrong: Miami, FL 2023
Tierra Armstrong is a Miami-based painter and muralist. Her paintings depict figures in sacred moments that transcend space and time. She uses religious iconography, colors as symbolism, and light emanations to articulate the divinity of Black bodies. Her work often explores the balanced duality of feminine and masculine energies irrespective of gender. Influenced by her travels she draws inspirations for her murals from the self-determinism of communities of color.