The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: Arturo Morales Romero

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The 49507 Project: Arturo Morales Romero

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

Arturo Morales Romero

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Arturo Morales Romero

My name is Arturo Morales Romero I was born in Mexico in the state of Guerrero in a town called Tepetixtla, I found my passion for the arts at the age of five while playing in the water where the pebbles of different colors melted and mixed between my feet while I was stepping on them since then I have used color to express myself to the world.

In Mexico I live on a farm with my grandparents until the age of 10 in 1989 my mother, my sisters, and we migrated to Visalia California where after school, weekends, and summer vacations I worked in the fields picking olives, oranges, peach, tangerines, plums, grapes, walnuts, and olives. In Visalia California, I attended Houston elementary school, Green Acres middle school, Redwood high school, and college Of the Sequoias. While I was in Visalia at the age of 15, I joined the Visalia teen mural club where I learn how to paint murals, since then I have been fascinated with murals because they can be appreciated by everyone no matter the social status. In 2000 I moved to North Carolina where I face the challenge of hate due to my ethnicity and color during that time I got discouraged and stop painting murals. in 2014 My wife Erika, my son Eloy, Emiliano, and daughter Pilar move to Grand Rapids Michigan in 2015 I started venturing downtown grand rapids and found out that GR is like art heaven, and that encouraged me to paint again. In 2016, 2017, and 2021 I entered the Art Prize art competition.  Due to my work that I have been exhibiting during the ArtPrize art competition, at Lindo Mexico and Mexo, I have been getting exposure to the public. In 2021 I painted my first murals downtown grand rapids of Miss Maurilia Ortiz Blakely, and Aztlan at Mexo and in 2022 I completed the largest mural done by me at the new Supermercado Mexico. Thanks to my family, friends, and all the Art lovers that have encouraged me to keep painting here in Michigan and around the world I can say that I have reclaimed my pride and liberated from the negative vibes of people that are blind by hate. Now I’m happy to call GR home and for that, I Painted the mural downtown GR with the title of Aztlan (Land of dreams) which shows my pride in who I’m.

Liberation-

Liberation to me means freedom from oppression from our mind, body and soul from people that set limitations on us.

Reclamation-

Reclamation to me means claiming back our culture, art, history, lost knowledge from our ancestors, and claiming back our pride.

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