Paying tribute to the generations of migrant communities who have made the Lower East Side of Manhattan their home, British street artist Stik has created “Migrant,” a seven story mural depicting a figure emerging nervously onto Allen Street, known as Avenue of the Immigrants. The figure, painted in Stik’s minimalist, trademark style of six lines and two dots for eyes is an everyman, highlighting our universal need to be accepted.
An exhibition of the working artworks used to create the mural has raised $12,500 for the Tenement Museum’s Shared Journeys program, an outreach program which provides immigrant families with English language workshops and an immersive introduction to Lower East Side history and culture.
Founded in 1988, the Tenement Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization, tells the story of American immigration through the personal accounts of immigrant families, allowing visitors to encounter immigration as an essential force in shaping the nation and its democratic institutions, cultural creativity, and economic vitality. The museum’s Visitor Center and Museum Shop at the corner of Delancey and Orchard is one block away from Stik’s Migrant mural.
Known for using simple stick-figures, Stik creates artworks that wordlessly tell stories about communities. He frequently collaborates with hospitals, organizations, and charities and has created socially conscious artworks throughout New York. Stik’s other permanent murals include ‘Liberty’, a salute to the radical history of Tomkins Square and ‘Union’, located in Union Square site of the first Labour Day rally.
“The Tenement Museum is grateful and thrilled to be accepting this generous donation from Stik,” says Tenement Museum president Kevin Jennings. “Stik shares our vision for using stories to create understanding and to bring communities together. There is no better place for ‘Migrant’ and the powerful message it sends about accepting immigrants than at the intersection of Allen and Delancey Streets.”
“I am delighted to be invited back to the Lower East Side to celebrate and enjoy the diverse cultural heritage here” says Stik. “To be able to share my art on such a big platform in New York City whilst helping facilitate the Tenement Museum’s Shared Journeys program makes me very proud.”