St. Louis Artists Respond To Ferguson With Chalk
A group of artists are using chalk to inspire conversations about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
#ChalkedUnarmed draws chalk outlines of people on public sidewalks or plazas. The artist then adds the name of an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer, with the date and location of his death.
Derek Laney, an organizer with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and Mallory Nezam, director of STL Improv Anywhere and a public artist, joined us Friday to talk about #ChalkedUnarmed.
“I’ve always been interested in using art to engage the public and get people involved in things that I think are important,” Nezam said.
Before the interview, a team of #ChalkedUnarmed enthusiasts tagged the sidewalk outside of St. Louis Public Radio.
“This is about an issue that is rampant, its epidemic – black men being killed by police and being racially profiled,” Laney said.