March 23, 2023
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Life & Culture

In My Own Words: Murals and Graffiti as Art in Public Spaces

This week on “In My Own Words,” Glenn Epps spoke with Caleb Thomas, a local muralist and graffiti artist who co-founded Ithaca Murals, a group that connects local artists and muralists with surfaces to paint on. Thomas shares how Ithaca Murals came to be — as an advocate for social justice and equity, a promoter of town pride and beautification, and a pipeline for public discourse. On the topic of public discourse through art, the two discuss the messages of solicited (murals) and unsolicited (graffiti) art in public spaces.

Below is a gallery of some of the artwork in the Ithaca area:


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The Muslim Culture Mural is located in the Ithaca parking garage. The mural is titled "PORTALS TO PEACE" and was conceived and painted by muralist Lachlan Chambliss with help from many Ithaca volunteers. COURTESY OF ITHACA MURALS










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