More and more cities around the world are promoting Instagrammable walls as part of their tourism initiatives. Here in Bacolod City, the Association of Negros Artists (ANA) have made it their mission to make an Instagrammable Bacolod. And they are doing so one wall at a time. Have you had photos with any of their works?
Association of Negros Artists – One Wall at a Time
The Association of Negros Artists (ANA) is a group of passionate artists based in Bacolod who keep on indulging their art through personal works and community collaborations.
Among the more active founding members is Ms. Joan Honoridez, more popularly known as Joan of Art.
One of their notable works is their series of peace murals along many public walls around Bacolod City.
They are also mentoring and nurturing young artists to better hone their talents through art workshops.
Murals for Peace
A couple of years ago, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has tapped the Association of Negros Artists in their drive against vandalism in the city.
Police city director Jack Wanky met with the Bacolod artists about what could be done because the city walls looked so dirty with vandalism.
Together we stand against vandalism! Let’s continue make our city anJoan Honoridez, Joan of Art
So in June 17, 2017, police operatives from Stations 1, 2, and 3 painted the vandalized walls in their respective areas. The following day, ANA artists then painted a mural on the wall of Station 1’s Bacolod City Public Library façade with a mural featuring Jose Rizal.
Subsequently, the artists then painted the newly cleaned walls along Lacson Street under the Station 2. Their last area was the Sta. Clara wall, which is the area of Station 3.
The following day, two portraits of the murals belonging to Station 2 were vandalized by two prominent names appearing in various parts of the city. This incident sparked a lively online discussion about street art as a whole.
Bacolod artists want to beautify the city but vandals who claim their graffiti as art per se, do not agree. So what is art and what is vandalism?
Meanwhile, let’s define some terms:
- Graffiti – “writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. “
- Vandalism – “is the action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.”
Mache Belangel-dela Torre, one of the ANA founders, admonished vandals, “While art has no limits, the law puts a limit to what art can do especially if it involves the defacement of someone else’s property.” It is already vandalism and not art, she added.
The perpetrators of that vandalism incident was caught but to this day, vandals still continue to destroy the murals with their graffiti.
The murals that have stayed are those that were commissioned privately by schools, companies, stores, and restaurants.
ANA is open to collaborations with any private group. You may contact them through their FB page: Association of Negros Artists
The Bacolod City government should look into this situation, as these private individuals are passionately helping beautify the city. They need protection as well as a safe sanctuary to showcase their art.
It will really be big boost to Bacolod tourism, as Instagrammable walls are now part of promoting a city as well as its art scene.