BY ART + TIMES:
Women all over the world have fought and continue to fight for their rights. The right to vote the right to speak up, the right to hold public office etc. On a recent trip to Madison WI, Brazilian artist Panmela Castro brought some new life to Willy Street with a mural at the popular Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse which she says symbolizes the women’s rights fight.
“This was my first trip to Madison and I really love the city and the lakes,” Castro tells The Madison Times. “I like the people and how they came up and talked to you. They are very friendly.”
Castro was able to paint the mural in about three hours and then stuck around to mingle with the many onlookers who amassed on Willy Street. Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO based in Washington, D.C., partnered with Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Program (LACIS) to bring Castro to Madison for this unique event. Castro is a young multimedia artist from Brazil who uses graffiti and street art to promote social change and awareness. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Hutúz Award, the most important Hip Hop award in Latin America. In March 2012, she was honored at the DVF Awards, supported by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor extraordinary women, in New York City.
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