It’s probably crazy to go on a cycling tour of the murals in Wynwood on a typical scorching Miami day at 4PM, but Ryan Ferrell (aka Ryan the Wheelbarrow) made it worth it. Especially since his tours (every Sunday at 4PM) are free (donations appreciated). My friend Reesha and I were about 20 minutes late to the tour, but just moseyed on over as if we hadn’t just spent a good minute renting a CITI bike for the first time and then wandering aimlessly until we saw a flock of bicycles being led by a plaid-shirted man. Ryan is a self- confessed fan of many of the artists who have painted murals in Wynwood and stays up-to-date by following their work on Instagram and, being an artist himself, through the local artist community. I was the cool kid wearing inline skates. Unless you’re a badass like me and can telepathically move those weird inedible berries (the ones that ruin the paint on your car) and stray twigs that cover many of the sidewalks and streets here, and level uneven surfaces with a wave of your hand, then rollerblading is not advisable unless you wear full gear (knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet) in which case you should just stick to riding a bike. Or jog at a fast trot like a good palomino.
Outside Jose De Diego middle school.
I have a ton of shots of this kid looking at me darkly like I was some kind of crazy stalker. Chiiill. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a beautiful piece of art right behind you, so scoot or forever remain in the annals of my camera roll. If you look closely, “Artist” is written across the dunce cap. Deep stuff.
This is an article from the Huffington Post I stumbled upon after some Googling:
It was written a few months ago and explains how educators and graffiti artists came together to help Jose De Diego Middle School feel like a safe place to be inspired, grow, and create. With decreased funding for the arts in public schools, the article goes on to explain how some non- profits are helping to fill that need with their own donations of time, money, and resources. Unfortunately, there is only so much that the average teacher or school can do to save their arts programs. When resources are scarce, you need to be creative- I believe this opens the opportunity for the community (nonprofits, local artists and studios, local newspapers willing to spotlight student work) to get involved in order to show these students that their potential is valued.
After, it was all about the COYO, the new Mexican place next to Panther Coffee.