JT Daniels

JT Daniels is a Kansas City, KS native. In 2012, he graduated from Park University with a BA in fine art. In 2013, JT was given his first chance to lead a small group of youth through their first community-based mural project. Due to the success of his first mural, in 2014, he assumed the role of Quality Assessor for what then became MAP-IT Murals. Utilizing his roles with MAP-IT and as a Youth Development Coordinator for Mattie Rhodes Center, he's able to mentor youth on varying aspects of art, storytelling and community engagement. Aside from teaching, you can find him either painting live at various events or leading larger group workshops, where his clients include URBANA, ARTS KC, KC LIVE, LISC, Silpada Designs, Ruins Pub & KC Streetcar Authority.


My current work focuses on the idea that our hair is seemingly trapped within a state of constant fluctuation, gradually transforming our external identities and our internal selves. By focusing on the more surreal qualities of human hair, I believe that it can also become a representation of our own self-acceptance. The presence of knives and ray guns is an affirmation of the constant struggle to possess and maintain our sense of self.