Dec. 17, 2019
By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs
Art has the power to change your perspective and even your mood. And, the right piece of art can help to bring a community together.
Across America, murals on prominent buildings give hometowns a sense of personality and identity. These paintings create a shared experience where neighborhoods, buildings and streets stand out. Without them, it may be difficult to distinguish one town from the next.
In a lot of ways, Walmart stores are the same. On the surface, there are shelves, racks and registers. But a closer look reveals a variety of differences that make each store a unique part of its community. There are products and cultural elements that distinguish each location, even if they look the same on the surface.
But, the real reason each store is unique is its people. Our customers and associates are as unique and diverse as the communities we serve.
To help solidify this feeling of community within stores, we are asking local artists in selected communities across the country to help. Walmart's Community Mural Program seeks to source community-focused local art from people who know their town the best: its residents.
Just ask artist Michael Rangel. He uses his surroundings, including the food, people and cars of his hometown, Compton, California, to inspire his artwork. One of his pieces was recently selected to be the first mural installed inside a Walmart store.