Mural is part of National Healthcare Campaign “Power to the Patients”
The Morean Arts Center has some “new paint” on the west end of their building at 719 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. The mural created by renowned artist Shepard Fairey is part of a national campaign that launched the end of March. “Power to the Patients” is focused on awareness of the hidden prices of healthcare. Under new 2021 mandates, hospitals must provide clear and upfront pricing information to patients. Learn more at https://www.powertothepatients.org/
Joining artist Shepard Fairey as activists for the campaign are celebrities such as actresses Susan Sarandon and Cyntia Erivo, photographer Martin Schoeller, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet and artists Tats Cru, ARTXIV, JEKS ONE and Pamela Bliss. “I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, my wife has Multiple Sclerosis and I’ve seen friends with cancer be bankrupted. So, of course, healthcare and healthcare costs are important to me. I also see the way that art can affect people and draw them into an issue that they might otherwise reject or ignore. That’s what I’m trying to do with my art for the Power to the Patients movement, to make sure that it connects with people emotionally and intellectually. I want to pull people in and make them think and decrease the amount of suffering in the world,” said Fairey.
Locally the mural powerhouse team of Vitale Brothers were responsible for executing the artwork on the Morean. “Responding to community needs and making these important connections has been our legacy for over 100 years,” said Morean Arts Center Executive Director Howayda Affan. “Art is critical to expanding understanding and facilitating compassion that leads to progress for society.”
Inside the Morean Arts Center is celebrating the launch of Fresh Squeezed 5 an annual art exhibition that seeks to elevate, empower and embolden nascent talents and emerging artists who live and work in Florida. By design, the exhibition gives flight to diverse voices, explorations of many mediums, and sharing of creative perspectives. “There is a strong connection between the voices of the artists in this year’s show and the new mural,” said Morean Chief Curator Amanda Cooper. “One artist explores the challenges of coping with chronic disease while others grapple with identity of self in relationship to society. We are fortunate to be able to share this art at this key point in time,” added Cooper.
The Fresh Squeezed 5 exhibition opens Saturday, April 10 at 10 am with hours extended into the evening to 8 pm for the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk. The galleries of the Morean Arts Center are open from 10 am to 5 pm Mondays thru Saturdays and from 12 noon to 5 pm on Sundays.