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Puerto Rico Street Art Initiative Fills the Walls of San Juan

Puerto Rico may become one of the latest and spectacular places to embrace putting art on walls. Puerto Rico's Blank Canvas Initiative encourages street artists from around the world to share their craft on the walls of island's streets. That's in addition to its 70 art museums and 50 art galleries that contain works ranging from ancient Indigenous and African, to Baroque and Victorian, and contemporary works of art.

The project began as a beautification of old and abandoned buildings in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan. Artist Alexis Bousquet, founder of the Santurce es Ley street art festival, and local artists have identified appropriate wall spaces using the juxtaposition of modern-day art and the Island's diverse architecture dating to the 1500s to frame and highlight both.

Reserved for signs serve as larger-than-life blank canvas invitations for global street artists to feature their art alongside Puerto Rico's very own.

It's showcased just in time for Puerto Rico's festive holiday season, culminating with the Calles de San Sebastian festival, the largest festival in Puerto Rico where thousands of locals and visitors alike gather to experience parades of cabezudos (big heads), live music, dancing, libations, food, and hundreds of authentic crafts by local artisans.

The new murals will also be a focal point during upcoming Santurce es Ley street art festivals, which celebrate the thriving mural scene and stunning works in the area, approaching its eighth anniversary, where works are being created and unveiled live. The annual MECA Art Fair is the largest in the Caribbean and brings together a variety of talent that ranges beyond traditional canvas works, to sculptures and beyond.

"Some areas of Puerto Rico are a true haven for mural art, yet we're not a destination typically visited for that," said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

For travelers who seek out cultural arts and authentic experiences, Puerto Rico should top their list. Learn more about all the wonders that Puerto Rico offers at Discover Puerto Rico

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December 19, 2019

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