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The Museum of Graffiti Partners with Spotify to Pay Tribute to Salsa Legend Celia Cruz In Honor Of Latinx Heritage Month

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By Cece Feinberg – October 6, 2020

MIAMI, October 6, 2020 — In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, artist and muralist Cale K2S has completed a massive mural featuring the late Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. The mural features Cruz in her element, adorned with a studded headdress, blue feathers, and other symbols of Cuban culture.

Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida, the mural was produced by the Museum of Graffiti in conjunction with Spotify’s “Lo Nuestro Es Arte” campaign. According to Spotify, “Lo Nuestro es Arte aims to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Latinx community, raise awareness of its biculturalism, and recognize its ongoing strength in the face of adversity.” This original artwork by Columbian scenographer, Orly Anan, was erected in only 5 days and was completed entirely with spray paint by Cale K2S across a wall measuring approximately 30 feet long and 20 feet high. “Cale’s ability to use spray paint as a medium to create photorealistic sprawling murals made him the perfect candidate for this project,” said Alan Ket, co-Founder of the Museum of Graffiti. “Painting in Miami during what we consider to still be summer time can be extremely challenging, but I was exceptionally motivated to paint this world renown icon who had such an impact on Latin American music and culture,” said Cale.

Located along the highly trafficked corridor of NW 26th Street at NW 3rd Ave., the wall lives among the 16 other murals that are part of the Museum of Graffiti’s mural program. Omer Pardillo Cid, President of the Celia Cruz Foundation, visited the wall several times during production to watch the artist’s vision come to life. “Celia’s biggest wish was that her name be kept alive for future generations and this mural will celebrate her legacy,” said Pardillo Cid.

The wall will also serve as a teaching tool for the Museum of Graffiti to educate visitors of today’s Wynwood on the fact that Wynwood was a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood /with rich latin culture and important history. “For me, getting to partner with Spotify to pay tribute to a Latin American, female trailblazer has been a dream come true. I am indebted to our friends at Ballyhoo Media for making this collaboration come to life,” said Allison Freidin, co-Founder of the Museum of Graffiti.

About Celia Cruz

For more than half a century, the Queen of Salsa carried her title with class and distinction. Her powerful voice and electrifying rhythm garnered more than 100 worldwide recognitions, multiple platinum and gold records, three GRAMMY© awards and four Latin GRAMMY© awards, three honorary doctorates, the Presidential Medal of Arts and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Her boundless enthusiasm, genuine warmth, and deep-seated humanitarianism made Celia Cruz the music industry’s most accomplished and revered performer and the world’s most notable ambassador of Hispanic Culture.

About The Museum of Graffiti

museum dedicated to sharing the power of expression, sparking wonder, and inspiring creativity for and about the graffiti art movement. At the Museum of Graffiti, visitors can explore the history of graffiti in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. The Museum seeks to honor and preserve the unique art form and to exhibit important works for permanent viewing. Through changing exhibitions and programs, the Museum aims to introduce visitors to the artists, paintings, photos, sculptures, works on paper, and designs that have captivated youth and adults for over fifty years, as well as the environment in which the global art movement formed.

The Museum of Graffiti is open to the public with safety-first procedures, including an admission system that only allows for six people to enter the premises every 15 minutes. Guests must purchase tickets in advance online or from their mobile devices as they approach the Museum to avoid onsite transactions.

Tickets: General Admission tickets are $16; Children 13 and under are free. Tickets are available online and include access to all museum exhibitions. To purchase tickets, visit our website from your desktop at home or your mobile device, museumofgraffiti.com

Hours: The Museum of Graffiti is open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM Monday through Thursday and 11 AM – 7 PM on weekends. Please check www.museumofgraffiti.com for special holidays, extended hours, and unexpected closings. Location: The Museum of Graffiti, located at 299 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, please visit museumofgraffiti.com or email hey@museumofgraffiti.com Follow the Museum of Graffiti on Instagram @museumofgraffiti

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