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Street Festival, May 7, featuring PictoGraff: the Art of WarPrayer

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9am-2pm, for the third annual indigenous street art festival. “PictoGraff: the Art of Warprayer” highlights the historical value of wall art and expressions of the Indigenous mind. Join us to celebrate arrowsoul art in Las Cruces with live art demonstrations by local and visiting artists, a music showcase, live screenprinting, community artmaking, and talks on the history of graffiti and street art. The event is taking place in conjunction with the Branigan Cultural Center exhibition of the same name, on display April 15-May 21.

On Saturday, May 7, from 9am-2pm, the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall will be transformed into an art studio for aerosol, marker, and screenprint artists. Artists iLash (Diné), Release (Diné), and Dwayno Insano (Tohono O’odham) will collaborate on a large-scale canvas communicating images of place, belonging, and community through an indigenous lens. Local artists SABA (Diné/Walatowa), WOAR2, and Logan Howard are all featured in the exhibit and will be painting and screenprinting live during the event. The artists from “PictoGraff: the Art of WarPrayer” are also participating in the 5th annual “Illegal?” art show, taking place across various venues in Las Cruces May 5-7.

In addition to watching artists at work, there will be a chance to participate in the creation of commemorative community artwork. Art activities for all ages will complement the theme of vibrant street art, featuring the techniques, motifs, and styles seen in urban contexts. Presentations on the history of graffiti art will be ongoing throughout the day in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and the Branigan Cultural Center. Bring your own t-shirt to have the event’s logo screened onto the shirt, or be among the first 75 people to claim your own numbered, limited edition poster.

“PictoGraff” is free and open to the public. Following the event, the artists, along with others from the “Illegal?” art show, will finish the weekend at Barricade Culture Shop, 600 S. Solano for the 5pm Live Graff Battle and Rap Battle.

The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: or call 575-541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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