One year ago, Detroit artist Sheefy
was arrested by local police while painting a mural for the City of Detroit’s City Walls project, which is administered by 1xRUN. It's symbolic that Sheefy’s arrest took place on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States.
To reflect on Juneteenth and the weight it carries for the artist, Sheefy created a series of artwork to help raise money for Norwest Gallery, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, Neighborhood Service Organization, Ruth Ellis Center, and Mack Alive.
"We’ve got to embrace our freedom and embrace each other. We need to show that we know that we were free, but we’re still not free. We have to keep that state of mind and connect with our communities. That’s what art can do."
Read our exclusive interview with Sheefy here.