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Katy Reckdahl

20 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Community organizing may be the key to a comeback along New Orleans’ Claiborne Avenue. Once home to a booming block of African American-owned businesses, many left once a new expressway demolished the street in the 19...

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Brittany Schock

16 August 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Mankind Murals Inc. began with the goal of “a colorful revitalization of the city.” Luke Beekman, founder of Mankind Murals, was inspired to use public art to change the way residents as well as visitors experience a ...

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Melissa Petro

14 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Ghost Bike Project installs stripped-down bikes at the scenes of fatal accidents to raise awareness about the work still needed to ensure safety for cyclists. Project staff also work to correct narratives about bi...

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Allison Meier

13 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Commemorating the nearly forgotten history of one of New York City’s first factories, Jackie Mock’s installation “The Pencil Museum” places items related to the history of Eberhard Faber’s pencil company in outdoor vi...

Hyperallergic

Louis Bury

11 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The interventions documented in the exhibition Ecological Consciousness show how artists can impact people’s experience of the natural world as well as making a positive impact on nature itself. The projects include a...

Bloomberg CityLab

Mark Byrnes

9 August 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery created the position of public art curator in 2014. Since then, a combination of public and private funding has created site-specific public art across the city bringing prominent a...

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Gregory Scruggs

7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Central District, a historically black neighborhood in Seattle, is getting a makeover to better align it with its roots. Africatown is a nonprofit community land trust that is using its influence to bring Afrocentric ...

Artnet

Eileen Kinsella

1 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Kenan Trust is philanthropic foundation that supports “social practice art,” in which the arts facilitate change like restoring homes in urban areas and revitalizing immigration services. Their funds have reached ...

Sactown Magazine

Rob Turner

1 August 2018

Toronto, Canada

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After the success of New York City’s High Line, several cities have tried to emulate that success with a twist--by transforming underpasses below highways into activated space for the community. Toronto’s Bentway offe...

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Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

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Paige Towers

15 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A loosely connected movement of LGBTQ street artists are creating work with explicitly queer themes across the country. This work puts images of pride in public spaces as well as challenging perceptions about who crea...

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Jeffrey Brown

17 April 2018

Green River, Utah, United States

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A nonprofit called Epicenter uses small-scale architecture and design projects to bring new life to Green River. The town of 950 people has experienced a loss of mining and other jobs. Ambitious young people typically...

The Guardian

Anna Leach

23 March 2018

Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

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How is Street Central Bank buying back the debt of ordinary people? Part art installation and part charitable endeavor, the “bank” prints its own money, sells it for real tender and then uses the funds to help neighbo...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

21 March 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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It turns out the old adage of knowing your neighbor really can help make your neighborhood safer. A study of more than 250 cities found that a key factor behind a drop in crime in the last 20 years was the mobilizing ...

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Priti Salian

21 March 2018

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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The Aravani Art Project is a project that works to raise the visibility and voice of the trans community in India. It does so by employing them to paint murals across the country (and even one in Sri Lanka) featuring ...

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Amanda Arnold

1 March 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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All around the world there is a trend for pop-ups to take over empty spaces and give the spaces meaning for a short period of time. For instance, in a time when capitalism dominates society, the Museum of Capitalism f...

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Sara Schonhardt

7 February 2018

Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala

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In Guatemala, women are challenging traditional gender norms by playing a growing leadership role in their communities. Specifically, they are leading an initiative to paint local homes with patterns from indigenous w...

Bloomberg CityLab

Natalie Daher

7 February 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Dozens of basketball courts around the United States have received a beautiful and functional make-over. Project Backboard cleans, fixes, and beautifies outdoor basketball courts, effectively revitalizing the social p...

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Henry Grabar

28 December 2017

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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While there is support among the Memphis government to remove statues of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Tennessee state government has passed legislation which stymied local efforts. In response, the ...

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Lidija Pisker

24 October 2017

Rome, Italy

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About 200 people from around the world, most of whom were homeless, occupied a former meat factory where they cleaned the space and set up homes. An Italian artist worked with residents to create a unique venue that e...

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Josh Cohen

25 September 2017

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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While the passage of the Arkansas River through downtown Wichita is a natural place for activity, it took attractions to get people to come. The ArkArt project developed art installations along the river beautifying t...

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Rina Diane Caballar

12 September 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

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In an era when 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each year, a nonprofit organization in New Zealand called The Free Store collects surplus food from cafes and restaurants to redistribute to the public - at no cost t...

Christian Science Monitor

Owen Mortner

21 August 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Most bus stops have an array of ads, but in Boston one sign reads “What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment.” The message is part of a part of a public awareness campaign rolled out by the city, wh...

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Peak Johnson

2 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The mural at Eighth and Callowhill in Philadelphia was created by two formerly incarcerated artists. The work is part of a larger exhibition that brings attention to U.S. criminal justice reform through the artwork of...

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Megan Dorantes

4 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Philadelphia neighborhood hit hard by the opioid crisis, a new space is creating public art that attempts to undo stigmas around substance abuse and create a comfortable space for those in recovery.

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