Not long after the news of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department shocked the country, the SLC Mural Makers honored the life of Floyd by painting a beautiful mural on the exterior walls of the Fleet Building, on the corner of 800 South and 300 West. Soon thereafter, many other portraits began to appear next to that of George Floyd: these portraits honor, celebrate, and uplift the lives of just a few of the countless victims of police brutality here in Utah, and across the country. This collection of murals has become a place where our communities come together to mourn, celebrate, and reflect.
Through the art of the SLC Mural Makers, our community can honor our fallen while bringing awareness to the violence that our communities have experienced through systemic racism carried out at the hands of Utah’s police forces. The collection of portraits on the walls of the Fleet Building is now an iconic and essential part of Salt Lake City’s west side, and community members are fighting to protect it. MICA is proud to honor the SLC Mural Makers with the 2020 Ruby Chacón Social Justice Arts award because these works of art serve as a reminder that, without true justice, there can be no peace.