Street art discoveries from Mexico, Canada and the US

  • © Herakut, Photo: Lord Jim

    "Striving For truth" by Herakut in Los Angeles

  • © ecb, Photo: Luna Park

    "Starting Dreams" by ecb in New York

  • © Andreas von Chrzanowski in Los Angeles, Foto: Lord Jim

    "Untitled“ by Case in Los Angeles

  • “Heartship” by How and Nosm in Los Angeles © How and Nosm, Photo: Lord Jim

    “Heartship” by How and Nosm in Los Angeles

  • Foto: Freddy Aguilar

    "Untitled" by La Piztola Collective in Mexico City

Covering walls and surfaces in cities around the world, Street Art is appreciated by thousands every day as they go about their daily business. Street Art was born in New York City towards the end of the 1970s. People utilized walls as canvasses to express themselves, make political and social statements, and claim ownership of their city.

In this collection of photos, Goethe-Institut colleagues in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, Toronto and Washington, D.C. have captured Street Art in the cities they call home. We publish our findings in this blog in several themed series – starting with a collection of favorites, and another with works by German artists in our cities.

Participate by taking photos of street art in your hometown and posting them to social media with the hashtag #artbits!


​Aim Pé

Aim Pé ©  © Aim Pé Aim Pé © Aim Pé
​Aim Pé aka Marie-Pierre Poulin has been director of the library for the Goethe-Institut Montreal since 2011. She developed an interest in street art in 2014 and has been seeking more and more art on the streets since then. Her other interests include foodism, languages, travel and bunnies. Follow her on Instagram @aim_pe

Karina Gutiérrez

Karina Gutiérrez  ©  ©Karina Gutiérrez  Karina Gutiérrez ©Karina Gutiérrez
Librarian at the Goethe-Institut Mexico from 2010 to 2017, where she catalogued books, gave advice and organized events. Trained art historian who likes to take a stroll, passionate mother, biker and cook, if necessary. She is interested in kids- and youth literature as well as nonfiction.

Luna Park

Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer  © © Luna Park Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer © Luna Park
Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, as well as the author of (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets. She has worked as a librarian at the Goethe-Institut New York since 2002. Since 2005, she has spent her free time exploring New York City in search of art in unexpected locations.

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt ©  © Sarah Schmidt Sarah Schmidt © Sarah Schmidt
Sarah is based in Berlin and currently interns at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C. She studied North American Studies in Berlin and Atlanta and loves exploring art in public spaces.

Lord Jim

Lord Jim ©  © Lord Jim Lord Jim © Lord Jim
Originally from Germany, Lord Jim aka Stefan Kloo lives with his beloved wife and two champion sons in Los Angeles, where he also does the most damage. His photos and musings have been published in numerous books and articles.

Michelle Kay

Michelle Kay © © Michelle Kay Michelle Kay © Michelle Kay
Michelle Kay is a writer, editor and runner in Toronto. She has been the librarian and online editor at the Goethe-Institut Toronto since 2012. When she's not running, she's exploring the city on two wheels and snapping photos of her findings. Follow her on Instagram @yo_mk.

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