For George Floyd Anti-Racist Street Art
Starting in the neighbouring cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and later around the world, street art was created in response to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.From taking to the streets in protest to re-examining long-held beliefs about racism and the justice system, a global movement is demanding social justice and equality. Street art has played an important role in this movement - as an outlet for citizens to express their grief, outrage, and hope about the future. This street art has grown on the sides of local businesses, street corners, plywood covering broken windows, and more, from neighbourhoods in Minneapolis to countries around the world.
A team of scholars and students at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has created the “Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database,” which seeks to document examples of this street art from around the world. With submissions continuing to come in daily, this database will serve as a resource for communities and scholars around the street art and the issues it explores for years to come. From breathtaking murals created by teams of professional artists to poignant graffiti, this collection captures the breadth of street art that has been created in response to this moment. The gallery below represents a selection of street art curated by the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, in cooperation with the George Floyd Anti-Racist Street Art database. This online gallery includes works by local street artists and community members in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more about the street art database and most recent submissions, please visit
“Truck Angel” by @antione_jenkins3 @antz_creationz @yungjustinanderson @wousart
This mural was a collaboration among local artists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area who were protesting peacefully on the interstate I-35 bridge the day a truck came barreling into the crowd. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, which inspired the artists to create the mural above. The mural was located at Spyhouse Coffee, 2404 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Stronger Together by @sig.natur
This composite puzzle portrait of George Floyd has pink text reading “Stronger Together”. It was painted by a 22 year-old woman artist called SIG, who witnessed the rioting and burning of the third precinct police department in Minneapolis. She wanted to donate some beauty to her boarded-up community.
“George Floyd Crowned in Glory” by Grimmz River
This stencil of George Floyd embellished with a gold crown, streams of color, and musical notes, was found on the wall of a business on Lake Street in Minneapolis. It is signed by “Grimmz River.”
“Flowers For Floyd” by @Hozay_dmngz and @andresitoguzman
The Flowers for Floyd mural began with a black and white portrait by artist Andres Guzman. Jose Dominguez added artwork depicting three people holding flowers in raised fists and a woman making a heart with her hands. The mural is on the wall of an independent Hip Hop retail store in Minneapolis.
“Blues 4 George” by Seitu Jones and collaborators
Gordon Parks High School students, staff, and community members, including artist Seitu Jones, gathered to paint murals on the plywood boards protecting the windows of the school. Jones made his stencil of George Floyd’s face available for any artist to download and many examples of the image were seen on University Avenue in St. Paul. Stencil created by Seitu Jones: https://seitujonesstudio.com/blues4george/
“Many Colored Fists” by @helloartcrop and @seitujones
Seitu Jones's "Blues for George" stencil is superimposed on colorful raised fists standing in a field of yellow. The mural was created by members of ArtCrop, a collective that uses art and food to pay tribute to the Hmong cultural experience while supporting Hmong farmers.
“I am not a threat” by students from PiM Arts High School
This composite mural was created by students from the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PiM) Arts High School. An empowered black woman raising her fist wears a face mask and a shirt that says “MELANIN”. Next to her are portraits labeled with the names of five black men and women who were killed by local police in the United States.
“Red Roses” by a group of mostly women artists
A woman surrounded by large red and white roses holds a sign with an image of the state of Minnesota and the words “George Floyd” and “#We need justice”. Visitors to the site where George Floyd was killed continue to leave flowers of all kinds as a tribute.
This article is the result of cooperation between the Germanic-American Institute and the Goethe-Institut for the project #artbits. The Germanic-American Institute is a non-profit organisation in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the mission to connect people worldwide through German language and culture.