Houston and Harris County’s local census drive “Yes! to Census 2020” will unleash its second of five murals in undercounted neighborhoods to build awareness of the upcoming Census 2020 and the importance of being counted. The dynamic, public-facing grassroots initiative comprises diverse artists to create colorful, life-affirming murals to creatively and holistically convey the local census message: completing the census is important, urgent, safe and easy.
The newly painted Montrose mural is located at 1203 Westheimer Road and created by artist Sebastien Mr. D1987 Boileau. The artwork includes a Houston rainbow skyline inside a hipster camera roll with the local Census 2020 campaign hashtag #YEStotheCensus. Local Montrose residents informed the creation via engagement surveys.
Houston-based UP Art Studio, a design house owned by Elia and Noah Quiles that facilitates art and design projects for urban and contemporary artists, communities, corporations, and municipalities, is commissioned to identify locations, secure artists and incorporate community engagement to inform the works of art. The first “Yes! to Census 2020” mural was completed in early March in Gulfton by Anat Ronen and is located at 6227 Southwest Freeway.
In pre-identified undercounted communities, local artists have been and will continue working with community residents to create vibrant murals that reflect each area’s unique character, ethnicities, needs and dreams to deliver the Yes! to Census 2020message. The remaining areas where murals will be painted include Alief, Aldine and South Central Houston. Local artists secured to create the remaining art installations include Lee Washington, Colors Oner, and Israel McCloud.
The Yes! to Census 2020 campaign aims to educate Houston and Harris County residents that the census is important, urgent, safe and easy to complete. Local trusted voices and hyperlocal influencers will amplify and encourage participation among multicultural and potentially undercounted populations. A website with Census 2020 resources, information and events can be found at www.HarrisHoustonCounts.com.