We have obviously long believed that this squad of talented teens are the best at what they do, but we’re glad that the rest of Austin is realizing it as well. At the beginning of each school year, under the direction of Creative Action staffer Lindsay Palmer, Color Squad begins the year-long process of planning for a public, themed mural.
This spring, Color Squad focused on LGBTQ advocacy and worked with community advocates to coat a section of Barton Springs Road with inspirational, inclusive messages. Last year, the theme of refugee advocacy manifested in a community mural and in a zine-style pamphlet that educated readers on interacting with ICE.
Once a theme has been selected — this year the theme is sustainability — the teen artists begin researching the topic by interviewing peers and relevant community members. A zine is created in January as an exploratory design phase for the final mural unveiled each spring.
Keep up to date with Color Squad’s latest creations by following the group on Instagram at @colorsquadcollective. A new public piece from the Best Muralist in Austin will be coming to a wall near you, in Spring of 2020.