A new mural has hit the streets of Asheville. The wall on Hilliard Avenue (near the Buncombe County Tax Department) now boasts a mural titled “Eres un Orgullo Latino” — or “You are Latin Pride,” created by lead artist Leslie Reynalte-Llanco with the help of technical advisors Gus Cutty and Kathryn Crawford.
In an interview with ArtsAVL, Leslie said of the mural “I am highlighting the Latino community in Asheville, the city they call home.” In line with this mission, the mural depicts community members like a grandparent, graduates, and a child wondering "¿Que quiero ser?” — “What do I want to be?”
Go take a photo with it at 148 Hilliard Ave. Or follow Leslie at @sketchonic on Instagram.
The bright purple mural is the first installment of Buncombe County’s Creative Equity Mural Project — which aims to fill three county-owned walls with art depicting racial equity, reconciliation, and restoration. The next two projects will be:
- Jared Wheatley, founder of the Indigenous Walls Project, will engage the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a communal basket concept on the Buncombe College Street parking deck.
- Gabriel Eng-Goetz will make a design based on community feedback for a mural on the courthouse side of the Register of Deeds building.
Looking for more street art? Take a virtual tour of 16 murals around Asheville.