Inside Out Project: Street Artist JR’s $100K TED Prize
What the global importance of women has to do with favela murals and graffiti in Kibera.
By Maria Popova
Last fall, in a bold and unexpected move, TED granted the $100,000 TEDPrize to shadowy Parisian street artist JR. Known for his large-scale graffiti murals tackling social justice and human rights issues like freedom and identity, the semi-anonymous 27-year-old artist made his most revealing public appearance to date on the TED stage this week, showing some of his truly incredible work and sharing his vision for how the prize will empower his art.
The launch of JR’s Inside Out Project, an ambitious global collaborative art initiative, is a truly inspired experiment in civic engagement through art — a different iteration of something we looked at earlier this week.
If JR’s project tickled your soul like it did ours, here’s how to get involved.
Published March 4, 2011