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Civil Rights Public Art Project Public Reception Feat. Walter Hood 

When: Thu., June 26, 5-6:30 p.m. 2014
This summer Nashville’s Civil Rights Public Art Project kicks into a full march, and the public is invited to participate. Today is your chance to meet California-based designer and artist Walter Hood, whose Witness Walls project will bring the city’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement into actual relief in the form of portraits of the protests participants etched into a series of fragmented, sculptural concrete walls. The project will be installed on the west side of the Metro Nashville Courthouse, steps away from the historic student-led protest of April 19, 1960, which led then-Mayor Ben West to disavow segregation of Nashville’s lunch counters. Nashvillians are also asked to interact with the artist through an online form where they can share stories about the movement in Nashville, along with images and sounds that Hood might select to use in his final project. JOE NOLAN

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