Calling all Visual Artists, Filmmakers, & Performers:
Color Squad is a collective of teen artists that design and implement public art that addresses a need in the community. The collective was voted Best Muralist in Austin in 2019 in the Austin Chronicle’s Best Of poll.
Past projects have included a prominent community mural in East Austin in partnership with Six Square and Cap Metro, a large-scale mural at the Central Texas Food Bank, a community mural in Lott Pocket Park in partnership with GirlForward Austin, a multi-wall mural on Lamar and Barton Springs, and our newest murals at four Cap Metro bus stops around Austin focusing on sustainability.
For more information contact Lindsay Palmer, Color Squad Director, email@example.com.
Made in collaboration with: Mylo Mendez, Lead Artist, and Color Squad Alumni Elle Hebert, Quinn Erickson, Aye Aye, Louisa Najar, and Maxwell Wood
Native Hostel and Bar & Cafe, 807 E. 4th St.
This public art project is presented by Creative Action, an Austin-based arts education non-profit organization, in partnership with Facebook Open Arts. The mural was created by lead artist Mylo Mendez in conversation with members of Color Squad, a collective of teenage artists who design and implement public art around issues of sustainability, community, and equity.
Mylo Mendez makes illustrations influenced by Mexican folk art, Mayan and Aztec design, and the color palettes of the Southwestern United States as a means of exploring their identity. By connecting to the past through artmaking and design, Mendez investigates the contemporary Mexican American experience and its relationship to heritage, family, and politics.
Growing, Growing, Gone
Bus stop 3017, 4001 Braker Ln.
Cap Metro Headquarters, 2910 E. 5th St.
Seeds of Community
1203 Barton Springs Rd.
Juntos Somos Austin/Together We are Austin
Lott Pocket Park, 1174 Curve St.
Let's Feed Our Neighbors
This mural was created as a commission for the Central Texas Food Bank. Before creating this piece, the teens studied food access and inequality in the greater Austin area through service learning projects and volunteering, as well as workshops from the local chapter of Food Not Bombs, and Food for Black Thought.
More about the inspiration for this piece by Color Squad member Louisa “The biggest themes I wanted people to take away from this piece was solidarity, accessibility, and outreach. I created the sun rays in the background to represent expanding food security throughout Texas. I wanted the fresh produce to make up the Texas outline to highlight and support the idea of ‘Feed our Neighbors.’ I wanted to highlight the hopeful end goal of the food bank which is to make sure everyone has access to a healthy food source.”
Map Your Roots
2921 E. 17th St., Building B