Cone Health Foundation Sponsors 'One Love' Mural in Downtown Greensboro
Cone Health Foundation is proud to co-sponsor a street mural, One Love, that now covers the 200 block of Davie Street near LeBauer Park. Creative Greensboro, the City’s Arts and Culture office, leads the Street Mural Program that was created based on requests from local artists. The program supports artistic and cultural expression through street murals painted on City-maintained street surfaces.
Throughout history, art and protest have often gone hand-in-hand. From the AIDS epidemic to the tragic events of 9/11 to the civil rights movement to the present day, art has illustrated and chronicled the narrative of our lives.
A Zebulon Family snaps a family picture at the One Love mural over Juneteenth weekend.
Protests were sparked locally and around the world by the killing of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in Minneapolis police custody while a white policeman pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Those outraged over yet another senseless tragedy rose in protest of systemic racism and the continued use of deadly police force against black people. Across the nation, including the city of Greensboro, artists have come together to express their support for criminal justice reform and other awareness issues for the black community.
Phillip Marsh is the Lead Artist and Project Lead of the One Love mural that was finished on Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. “The community was able to enjoy the mural through the Juneteenth weekend. People from all over the state were able to experience the project. We had creative travelers from Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Virginia plus more we didn’t get to meet. The work continues to be an attraction,” said Marsh.
In the days following George Floyd’s death, Marsh painted a dozen murals downtown to add his voice to the conversation. Artwork on boarded-up businesses was designed to bring the community together. “When our downtown could have looked like a ghost town, boarded up, it was art that came to the rescue and made everything vibrant to where creative tourism took hold and not only created tourism, but other cities followed our lead. And that is the power of art,“ Marsh said.
Marsh is a Black artist who has been creating art professionally since 2012. “One Love means I come to you in love. Love can mean peace and it can mean war. That’s what it really speaks to in this moment. It’s what these kids are trying to say. We support them,” Marsh continued.
“Greensboro saw an incredible outpouring of public art to express feelings stirred amid protests against racism and injustice. The Foundation realized this as a unique opportunity. One Love is one of the world’s most iconic solidarity anthems. It’s about children, and their hopes and dreams for a better, more united and equal world. Bob Marley had it right,” said Susan Shumaker, Cone Health Foundation’s President.
About the Artist - Phillip Marsh
Phillip Marsh is Executive and Creative Director of Rockers Print Shop, a graphic and fine art firm located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Phillip, responsible for Arts Administration for RPS, is a graduate of Guilford Technical Community College where he received an Associate in Fine Arts with a concentration in Visual Arts and in Advertising and Graphic Design. He is currently continuing his educational path and plans to complete his education with an MFA in Studio Art at University of Miami (FL).
Phillip has pursued a professional career as a working creative in the cities of New York, NY, Greensboro, NC, Miami, FL, and Washington, DC. He has focused his creative study of choice, wide-format art/murals/street art, predominantly in Greensboro while his studio work of printmaking and graphic arts have been explored in visiting studios of NYC, DC, and Miami. During his beginning stages of introducing the local community of Greensboro to some of the most prolific artists on the international scene in street art today; he has had the pleasure of curating and project managing Kevin Ledo from Canada; DAAS from Japan; Nils Westergard from Richmond, VA; David "Mr. June” Louf from Rotterdam, Netherlands; Stephan “BustArt” Buster from Switzerland; Kathryn Crawford from Asheville, NC; Ishmael Lords from Miami FL/Asheville, NC; Alex BTM from NYC; Dillon Endico from Miami; Relm1 from Boston, Mass; Noir from Greensboro, NC; Sanguine Skills from New Orleans, LA; Jamin from Greensboro, NC; Kendall Doub from Winston-Salem, NC; JEKS_NC from Greensboro, NC; and AchesDUB from Dublin, Ireland.
In the coming years Phillip will focus on more personal work production while still curating high profile projects by contract. His unique skill set will also lead to more creative consulting which will allow his creative footprint to expand to upcoming projects in the state of North Carolina including Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Carolina Beach/Wilmington, and Philadelphia, PA.
Phillip has served as a creative community liaison for City Arts/Parks and Recreation and creative consultant for the City of Greensboro. His passion for youth exposure to the arts has led him to participate in a pilot program as an Arts Integration Facilitator for Guilford County Schools and volunteering in the first cycle of the Participatory Budget Cycle which led to the ongoing professional creative relationship with the City of Greensboro.
- Davis Davis
- Essence Foster
- Kidd Graves
- Jamin Guinyard
- Nejla Harris
- Imani Lane
- Laura Lazarini
- Akasha Luis
- Jeff Mason
- Jay Maxwell
- Darlene McClinton
- Ryan Oakley
- Tambra Parson
- Destini Tyson
With support from students and staff:
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
- University of North Carolina - Greensboro
- Arts Greensboro
- Cone Health Foundation
- EastGSO Now – Phil Barnhill
- Jim Gallucci Sculpture
- Private community art patrons