On my Bucket Truck Tour from Sept 2016 - Aug 2017, I partnered with an arts organization, environmental organization, small business, community organizer, or youth center in each location. I did this so I would be able to have a point person and a window into the community surrounding each mural. In almost every location I either got people to help paint on the wall (from 5 to 100+ depending on the location) or held an additional paint party that was in some way connected to the mural. Below are some of the many photos from the entire tour. The videos from the tour also capture the stories and people that go along with each mural. To see those, click here.
In summer 2016 I collaborated with another artist Sloan Collins to make the ONE mural project. We designed three murals in the Old North End of Burlington that incorporated portraits of kids that live in the neighborhood. We then organized over 50 different kids to help out painting these murals through connections with the Sarah Holbrook Center, the Integrated Arts Academy, the Ramble, and, largely, by word of mouth. (The third mural in the series is to be completed this Spring).
Winter of 2016, I did a artist residency at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, Vermont. I taught math through mural-making to the fifth grade. We discussed proportion, fractions, measurement, multiplication, and the xy coordinate plane. Each student completed a large-scale butterfly based off a smaller image and together we made a caterpillar crawling up the stairwell banister, below where the butterflies were hung.
Winter of 2016, I worked a with Chittenden Solid Waste District and sponsor Dealer.com to organize eight different artists to paint eight of their recycling containers. It's a project to celebrate recycling, and Vermont's new recycling laws, and to bring together a wide variety of street artists. All photos by Michael Sipe, click to enlarge. VPR Story here. Seven Days story here.