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Artist painting 'Black Lives Matter' in windows across Baltimore

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 21:50:58-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A Baltimore artist is using her talent to spread a message across the city.

"My mission is to have 'Black Lives Matter' on every house in Baltimore," she said.

The artist, who wants to remain anonymous, said she got the idea a few weeks ago, to use her talent for change.

"It's not enough to just care. You have to put action to that because change only happens through action," she said.

She’s already done about 30 'Black Lives Matter' window murals, sometimes taking direction from the homeowners. Other times taking inspiration from the home.

Patterson Park homeowner Bobby and his wife knew they wanted to get one done.

"There’s obviously much work to be done in this area and it’s just a small, frequent sign of support and allyship for our neighbors and for our community that we stand with them," said Bobby. "It really adds a pop to our window and ultimately the message is very very powerful and we are very proud to have it in our window

She does them for free, but she does ask for a donation to a black advocacy organization.

"The organization that we chose to donate to is the National Black Child Development Institute, which focuses on improving the lives and health outcomes for black children through age 8," said Bobby.

With more and more requests coming in every day, she's looking for artists of color to partner with to make it a team effort.

"The Black Lives Matter movement is really about creating space and platforms and opportunities for people of color," she said. "This project isn’t about me. The point is that I'm just somebody who had a thing that I could do and I did that thing and it’s easy to do because it’s a thing that I love and everybody can do that."

She would also like to give shout outs for artists of color on her growing Instagram account BLM_windows_Baltimore.

"Just to highlight and say, 'Look I’m doing this but there's lots of other artist of color that you should be paying attention to'," she said.

All the artwork is done on the inside of the window so it lasts longer and she wears a mask while inside.