Street Art // The Painted Desert Project
The Painted Desert Project is a fantastic project developed by Yote and Jetsonorama, taking place in the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. Artists so far include Gaia, Overunder, Doodles, Labrona, Jetsonorama, Tom Greyeyes and Breeze.
We hoped to connect artists with vendors working along the roadside in homemade structures where food and jewelery are sold. We attempted to familiarize artists with the culture before they started painting. Because of the location of this project where large walls are few, the emphasis was on establishing a connection with the community. Both Tom Greyeyes and Breeze are Native American and came to the project already sensitized. We’d hoped to get more local youth involved in working with the artists but will have to pursue this with future iterations of the project.