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Group of artists share their message in downtown Omaha

During time of unrest
Posted at 12:49 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 13:51:12-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Behind every movement, often, there is creative expression in the form of music, poetry and other art. Peaceful protesters are not only making their voices heard on the streets of Omaha but on the walls as well.

With the permission of Culprit Cafe and Bakery in downtown Omaha, a group of artists is bringing a little beauty to the boarded-up storefront. It's their way of honoring James Scurlock, the 22-year-old man that was shot and killed in last weekend's protests.

The artists say it's a peaceful message to pay tribute to a life lost and bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement.

"We are all human," says artist Julia Mason. "Let's love one another. Beatles said come together and all you need is love...positive messages like that are what we need right now to lift us up."

Edgar Vazquez says, "We want justice for him, and at the same time we want the whole community to just come out and everyone get together, you know. Try to make the best out of it. His friends can come out check out all the beautiful art for you, you know."

Omaha South Art Students got the ball rolling and were able to stencil a mural of Scurlock. Volunteers were asked to fill in the rest.

The mural is located at 16th and Farnam Streets.