Phillip Marsh, a senior in UNCG’s studio art program, uses his art as a tool to create a more equitable society where all voices are heard. From public art projects that garner community attention to conversations that engage city leadership in dialogue about building a better creative economy, his goal is to advocate for representation.

“As we witness this old conversation of racial injustice become amplified after the events that took place in the summer of 2020, it is imperative that we have these conversations and create actionable items that can move the needle towards equality for all citizens.”

Phillip’s creative campaign entitled “Invisible Heroes” involves murals that pay tribute to iconic figures in the Greensboro community who have shown the fortitude to be changemakers during times of civil unrest, like attorney J. Kenneth Lee, and Joanne Smart and Bettye Tillman, the first African American women to integrate Woman’s College, now UNCG. 

Racial injustice is the catalyst for Phillip’s creative activism. 

“It is important to listen, study, and amplify Black perspectives in our conversations, and it is paramount that we hold community leaders who have neglected to represent the Black community to the standard we demand.”