Three of the “14 Doors” are occupied by work facilitated by Living Walls, the Atlanta-based nonprofit “focused on bringing representation and celebration to different communities,” said their Peru-born executive director, Monica Campana, at the event. In Charlotte, that meant organizing the project “Ladies to the Front,” celebrating and honoring “the women and those women identifying, the sisters, the mothers and the daughters that help build and sustain our community.” Living Walls paired three, female artists working Charlotte with local youth-based organizations on dreaming up and executing their three murals. In addition, a shipping container mural prominently displays the title of this specific project, with a flower emerging through a female hand.
Mixed-media artist Bree Stallings worked with Time Out Youth on the painting of the lioness, whose hunting habits subvert any of the gender norms humans have attempted to install over centuries. And the dogwood blossoms represent the “complicatedly beautiful state of North Carolina,” Stallings wrote. Time Out Youth supports LGBTQ youth in the Charlotte area, providing emergency shelter and many other resources.