Walnut Creek Retailer Hosts Community Art Project Following Protests

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM
A luxury retailer in downtown Walnut Creek is hosting a community art project following weeks of unrest over the death of George Floyd. People are painting positive messages on the boarded up storefront of the retailer. 

The effort is meant to transform the outside of the store in Broadway Plaza, which was damaged by looters during recent protests. One Neiman Marcus employee was on site painting colors of yellow and black to create her own message of hope in the fight against racism. 

“My design is Black Lives Matter, I did a kind of bubble lettering with the highlight on the Black Lives Matter word portion and then the black fist, of course, for empowerment.” she said.

Local artist Cathy Brillhart shows a peace sign with words of encouragement on each finger.

“Peace, love, hope, faith, joy, unity and kindness,” said Brillhart, “we just thought some positive words when people walk by and just a symbol of what's next.”

In this project, for some is a similar form of expression in the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“I hadn't been able to really do any protests or anything, so I figured this is something I could do that would be nice and kind of upbeat.” said one contributor.

General Manager John Collins said this store will remain closed for at least a few more weeks, and he hoped these positive messages can help turn a page and welcome shoppers back as other stores reopen.