This Black Rose Garden Memorial Mural was curated by Curtis Wallace, as well as, one of student in Washtenaw County’s youth programs called Educate Youth 501c3 in Ypsilanti , Michigan. Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper created a “call to artist” to students in the Washtenaw County Area for a STOP GUN VIOLENCE initiative. WMBK, along with their partner ship with the Community Violence Intervention Team, The Be Creative Studio, and Corner Health Center chose one of the most extraordinary students they could find.
Meet the artists
Deshawn Chambers– ARtist Mentee
is a 18 year old student at Ypsilanti Community School and a 5 year attending mentee at Educate youth 501c3. He musician, poet, brother, mentor, and now a civil right artivist. He works hard to make good discuss His art submission to the call-to-artist was chosen as the over all finalist to put his image up as mural.
The supporting team from left to right: Derrick Jackson- Washtenaw Sheriffs Department, Jamall Bufford- Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, Deshawn Chambers-Student Artist, Curtis Wallace- The Be Creative Studio, Gina Lemma- Enchanted Yeti, Erica Calu- Abundantly Elevated, Gail Wolkoff. Standing in front of the Black Rose Memorial Mural at Corner Health Center.
Whose names are on the mural?
The names that surround the Black Rose are people whose lives have been taken due to gun violence in Washtenaw County during the years of 2008 to 2023. These names are only of lost ones whose family members have given us permission to place there names there in order to help our community grieve and remember those that are no longer with us in the community.
The Artist Names: Curtis Wallace-Curator/Lead Muralist, Gina Lemma- Lead Muralist Assistant, Deshawn Chambers- Muralist Assistant
Show you support and love
To show our support to Deshawn and to help keep him safe off the streets…we are asking you that you please show your support. This can be done by purchasing some apparel with his artwork on it. We are teaching him in real time about money management, financial literacy, and generational wealth. All this while giving him a fighting chance to live in this world where he we see young men of color are not valued as the beautiful and brilliant human beings we are. We are giving him 25% of all proceeds made from the sales of the the Series 2 apparel. Series 1: will be rereleased in Summer of 2024.
TBCS 2022 T-Shirt: Black Rose Mural
Be Creative Studio 2022 T-Shirt: Black Rose Mural
- Fabric: 50% preshrunk cotton, 50% polyester jersey
- Machine wash
- 3.3 oz: 32 singles:
- Shown: Black/White
- Style: Crew Neck
- Note: This limited edition art on the apparel was created by local artist Deshawn Chambers.</li…