Quest to clean up Old South Baton Rouge continues
BATON ROUGE - They're back: world-famous graffiti artists tasked with tagging a derelict building in Old South Baton Rouge in order to clean it up.
"You have to come up to it and engage with it, and have a conversation with it, and listen to what it's saying to you. Yeah, it's all about sharing, it's all about sharing the deeper levels," said Pose 2 of his work. He's a graffiti writer from New York, in Baton Rouge on a mission to help make the city a better place.
He was lured to south Louisiana by Dr. Kevin Harris, who founded the Museum of Public Art, an abandoned building now covered in sprawling, colorful graffiti compositions. The museum is Dr. Harris' gift to the community, but in terms of making the neighborhood a better place it's only one piece of the puzzle.
"It's great to have something in your own neighborhood that you can come and learn, and get encouraged, and get inspired," said Sadie Roberts-Joseph, ward of the Odell S. Williams African American Museum.
She's been reaching out to the community through the museum for 12 years.
"Instead of just staying in your ivory tower, so to speak, come back into the community. Let children see people who look like them, people who have done great things, and it will give them hope," said Roberts-Joseph.
It's exactly why Pose is in Baton Rouge.
"People only know or can do what they've been exposed to," said Pose. "So when they're exposed to something they're not used to, they're like, 'whoa, I've actually seen that dude paint it,' or like, 'really, that dude did that, then I can do that. I can achieve that.' So that's valuable."