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Theme: BIG ART BIGGER CHANGE - Street Art for Mankind

This event occurred on
March 30, 2024
Houston, Texas
United States

BIG ART, BIGGER CHANGE - Transforming Downtown Houston into an open-air museum!
Big Art Bigger Change Murals is an unprecedented series of now 44 large murals curated by Street Art for Mankind and created by prominent international and local artists to amplify social and environmental justice in Houston and beyond, and to beautify and redynamize the Downtown and make it “The New Street Art Destination”. The themes chosen for each mural are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the diversity of the local community and the drive of local people and organizations who make a difference in Houston and around the world.
The Big Art Bigger Change series was made possible thanks to a partnership with Downtown Houston and Harris County. It was also supported by the City of Houston and TotalEnergies.

Downtown Houston
1001 Preston
Ninth Floor
Houston, Texas, 77002
United States
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Audrey Decker

Co-Founder of Street Art for Mankind
Audrey Decker was born and raised in Paris with a passion for art and museums. She earned a Master of Science at SKEMA business school and pursued a career in Fortune 500 Cosmetics companies while continuing in art history at Ecole du Louvre and Atelier des Beaux Arts. Her work led to world travels, meeting diverse cultures and launching product brands. Audrey and her husband Thibault settled in the United States and became French-American citizens. They founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Street Art for Mankind, SAM, turning mural art into action for Social Change. Programs to rescue children from child labor and trafficking are SAM’s key mission. SAM’s mission also includes 100+ international street artists to raise awareness on environmental issues through large murals worldwide. Partnerships with UN agencies and cities led to recognitions including USA Certificate of Congressional & Department of State Recognition, proclamations from Miami, Harris County TX, Houston and Washington DC.

Rodney Ellis

Harris County Commissioner Precinct One
Harris County Commissioner Precinct One Rodney Ellis was born and raised in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The proud son of a yardman and a maid, Ellis attended Texas public schools from K-12 through law school. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, master's degree from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and J.D. degree from University of Texas School of Law. As Commissioner from January 2017, Ellis played a critical role by securing misdemeanor bail reform, flood equity guidelines, stronger worker protections, economic opportunity provisions, and funding for indigent defense. COVID-19 recovery funding included direct relief for residents, small business assistance, emergency rental assistance, homeless shelters, and IT hardware to low-income students. Prior to Commissioner, Ellis was elected to Houston City Council and served 3 terms. He was elected to Texas Senate District 13 in 1990, served for 26 years, and passed over 700 pieces of legislation.

Thibault Decker

Co-Founder of Street Art for Mankind
Thibault Decker, aka Tebow, co-founder of Street Art for Mankind (SAM), was born in Ivory Coast, Africa, and raised in Asia by French parents. He is a binational French-American. His international life and travel experiences have opened his eyes and heart to cultural differences, social injustices, and environmental impacts. With a strong corporate background forged through Fortune 500 companies like Total, Ford, Avis/Budget, Touax, and Lunii, Tebow created SAM with his wife Audrey in 2015. SAM raises awareness and fights child labor & trafficking as the primary focus. With Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi SAM finances the rescue of children from trafficking. SAM is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that supports the power of Art for social change. SAM’s mission includes UN Sustainable Development Goals, social justice and environmental issues. SAM and 100+ international street artists curate and produce large murals, interactive exhibitions and outdoor museums worldwide.

Organizing team

VanDible Stallworth

Houston, TX, United States


Houston, TX, United States
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