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15 Social Justice Murals in Metro Phoenix — and Where to Find Them

Artist Ashley Macias painted this portion of a collaborative Black Lives Matter mural in Roosevelt Row.
Artist Ashley Macias painted this portion of a collaborative Black Lives Matter mural in Roosevelt Row. Lynn Trimble

Phoenix artists have a long history of painting murals that call attention to social justice issues. Here’s a look at 15 metro Phoenix murals that bear important messages about racial equality, immigration, and more.

click to enlarge La Morena painted this mural, which honors murdered and missing indigenous women, near The Churchill. - LYNN TRIMBLE
La Morena painted this mural, which honors murdered and missing indigenous women, near The Churchill.
Lynn Trimble


No More Stolen Sisters

Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos
First and Garfield streets



La Morena, an artist with Latinx and indigenous roots, painted one of several murals in an alleyway next to The Churchill. The small-scale mural is meant to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women.

click to enlarge Lalo Cota and Tato Caraveo painted this mural addressing gun violence, which is located at Carly's Bistro. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Lalo Cota and Tato Caraveo painted this mural addressing gun violence, which is located at Carly's Bistro.
Lynn Trimble


We Can End Gun Violence

Lalo Cota and Tato Caraveo
First and Roosevelt streets



Moms Demand Action and Carly’s Bistro commissioned this mural painted by Lalo Cota and Tato Caraveo on the eastern wall of Carly’s Bistro in Roosevelt Row. The mural includes Cota’s characteristic use of skeleton imagery.

click to enlarge New Say Their Names billboard by Karen Fiorito going up on Grand Avenue. - LYNN TRIMBLE
New Say Their Names billboard by Karen Fiorito going up on Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble


Say Their Names Billboard

Karen Fiorito
Grand and 11th avenues



California artist Karen Fiorito created a new design for the Grand Avenue Billboard Project organized by artist Beatrice Moore. One side includes the faces of several Black victims of police violence. The other features a voting-themed graphic.

click to enlarge Hugo Medina led a team that painted this mural about immigrant rights near the Downtown YMCA. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Hugo Medina led a team that painted this mural about immigrant rights near the Downtown YMCA.
Lynn Trimble


Immigration Murals

Hugo Medina
First Avenue south of Van Buren Street



Hugo Medina worked with community members on side-by-side murals addressing immigrant rights. One mural depicts a girl releasing monarch butterflies from a cage. The other features portraits of a diverse group of immigrants.

click to enlarge Artist bacpac created this mural as the nation protested the death of George Floyd. - BETH HALL MALAPANES
Artist bacpac created this mural as the nation protested the death of George Floyd.
Beth Hall Malapanes


The Price of Black Lives

Jeremie 'bacpac' Franco
Oak and 15th streets



Jeremie “bacpac” Franco painted a mural addressing police brutality and the May 25 death of George Floyd. The design sets Floyd’s face in the center of a $20 bill, referencing the fact that police detained him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

click to enlarge Part of La Morena's immigrant rights mural on Central Avenue in South Phoenix. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Part of La Morena's immigrant rights mural on Central Avenue in South Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble


Unlocking Your Potential and Freedom

Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos
Central Avenue and Illini Street



La Morena painted this immigrant rights mural as part of a project called "Colors of La Communidad." The central image is a young field worker setting caged doves free, surrounded by butterflies that represent America’s Dreamer generation.

click to enlarge Six artists worked together to create this Black Lives Matter mural in Roosevelt Row. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Six artists worked together to create this Black Lives Matter mural in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble


Black Lives Matter Mural

Multiple Artists
Third Street south of Roosevelt Street




Six artists worked together to transform a wall in Roosevelt Row into a Black Lives Matter mural featuring the faces of several victims of police brutality. Artists painted different sections of the wall, using floral designs to separate the portraits that put a human face on the issue of racial justice.

click to enlarge Bacpac tackled the issue of school shootings in the Oak Street alley near 14th Street. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Bacpac tackled the issue of school shootings in the Oak Street alley near 14th Street.
Lynn Trimble


School Violence Mural

Jeremie 'bacpac' Franco
Oak and 14th streets



Jeremie “bacpac” Franco painted this mural that shows a student seated at a desk, with his face in the crosshairs of a gun. She painted the piece to raise awareness about the tragedy of school shootings.

Colibri brought artists together to address immigration for this mural on Grand Avenue. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Colibri brought artists together to address immigration for this mural on Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble


Colibri Mural

Multiple Artists
Grand and 10th avenues



Several artists participated in this mural project inspired by the work of Colibri Center for Human Rights, a Tucson organization that helps to identify immigrants who’ve died in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

click to enlarge This collaborative mural is one of several inspired by protests against police brutality. - LYNN TRIMBLE
This collaborative mural is one of several inspired by protests against police brutality.
Lynn Trimble


Love Fights Back

Multiple Artists
Van Buren Street and 15th Avenue



Several artists worked together on this mural inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The artwork elevates the value of peaceful protest with images that reference the Arizona flag and landscape, as well as border-related injustice.

click to enlarge Section of Angel Diaz's mural created in response to SB 1070, which he painted behind Barrio Cafe. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Section of Angel Diaz's mural created in response to SB 1070, which he painted behind Barrio Cafe.
Lynn Trimble


SB 1070 Mural

Angel Diaz
16th Street Alley north of Thomas Road



Angel Diaz painted a mural with multiple scenes related to America’s history of racism, inspired by Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 legislation adopted in 2010 with support by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among others.

click to enlarge This mural on Seventh Street north of McDowell Street was painted after Dion Johnson was killed on May 25. - LYNN TRIMBLE
This mural on Seventh Street north of McDowell Street was painted after Dion Johnson was killed on May 25.
Lynn Trimble


Justice for Dion

Giovannie “Just” Dixon”
Seventh Street north of McDowell Road



Giovannie “Just” Dixon painted a tribute to Dion Johnson, a Black man killed by a Department of Public Safety trooper in Phoenix on May 25. The small-scale mural pictures Johnson with a halo over his head.

click to enlarge Hugo Medina painted this mural, located at Palm Lane and 40th Street, depicting immigrant children being held in cages. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Hugo Medina painted this mural, located at Palm Lane and 40th Street, depicting immigrant children being held in cages.
Lynn Trimble


Never Again

Hugo Medina
40th Street north of McDowell Road



Hugo Medina painted a mural addressing Trump policies that have resulted in immigrant children being placed in cages. The mural includes imagery from the American flag, as well as children peering out from behind bars.

click to enlarge One of several murals in a Roosevelt Row alley that address police brutality. - LYNN TRIMBLE
One of several murals in a Roosevelt Row alley that address police brutality.
Lynn Trimble



Say Her Name

Collaborative Mural
Fifth and Roosevelt streets



This piece is one of many new murals painted in a Roosevelt Row alley where artists have been painting different artworks for many years. The mural is one of several painted in Phoenix amid Black Lives Matter protests.

click to enlarge La Morena painted this mural, which addresses immigrant family separation, near the Arizona Capitol. - LYNN TRIMBLE
La Morena painted this mural, which addresses immigrant family separation, near the Arizona Capitol.
Lynn Trimble


Family Separation Mural

Lucinda 'La Morena' Hinojos
Washington Street and 14th Avenue



La Morena painted this mural near the Arizona State Capitol, in an area of Phoenix where protesters have often marched for social justice causes. The mural addresses the separation of immigrant families at the border.
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