The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a Boyes Hot Spring area street mural project to be led by San Francisco-based spray paint artist Chor Boogie.
Boogie will serve as resident artist, engaging local youth in the project through workshops, artist-led talks and performance. In a closing event, students will be paired with adult mentors and give a presentation about their creative learning process.
The grant is part of the NEA’s Challenge America program to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Partners in the project include La Luz and Art Escape.
“The support from the NEA reflects a statement of values in line with our own, one that works to reach all segments of the community, especially underserved students,” said Linda Keaton, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, in a statement announcing the grant.
Boogie, born Jason Lamar Hailey, made history in the street art genre in 2010, when his work “The Eyes of the Berlin Wall,” sold for 500,000 euros.
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