The Funktown Arts District was created by the Community Rejuvenation Project in 2009 at the Parkway Theater. The theater’s sudden closure devastated the community and led to immediate blight and disrepair. CRP’s painting of the Parkway and three other walls in the immediate area with dedications to musicians and cultural icons have supported the growth and success of local businesses. CRP routinely paints new works on the theater, such as a portrait of Trayvon Martin, to keep the area vibrant.