Spurred by a crop of young inspired artists, street art has taken off in the Lowcountry. From Charleston native Shepard Fairey to Spanish import Ishmael, graffiti artists are gaining a reputation in both underground and traditional art circles. One of the many energetic proponents of street art is Lava Salon owner Geoff Richardson. He and the ChART Outdoor Initiative seek to use street art as a way to make typically plain outdoor spaces more aesthetically pleasing. In this vein, the Gimme Change Mural Block Party will showcase local artists’ murals along back alley walls in West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood. “It is an art gallery concept in a public place,” says Richardson. Along with several murals, the block party will include food trucks, beer, live art, and live music by DJs Cassidy and the Kid and Dub6. The event hopes to raise awareness of urban art and its purveyors, and show its ability to revitalize a neighborhood. All that is asked of you in return is your support and a little pocket change to help expand the project.