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Grist

Anna Deen

23 December 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Solitary Gardens is an art project that protests prisons' solitary confinement conditions. Incarcerated people connect with volunteers on the outside who plant flowers, vegetables, or herbs in beds matching the tiny d...

Christian Science Monitor

Noah Roertson

2 December 2020

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue has become an example of American protest art as protesters have covered it in graffiti demanding racial justice and surrounded it with basketball hoops, gardens, tents, lawn chairs, an...

Wall Street Journal

Ann-Marie Alcántara

10 October 2020

New York, United States

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Interactive museums and venues are shifting their exhibits during the coronavirus pandemic to better attract patrons while still abiding by safety precautions. Although it has been a struggle in some cases, and all ve...

NYC Reopens

Eli Rallo

25 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York, restaurateurs who have struggled to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic are partnering with drag performers who have lost work due to the pandemic to offer patrons a new dining experience while also t...

The New York Times

Zachary Small

23 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A burst of creativity is helping Portland confront its racist histories. From murals appearing on boarded-up buildings, protest art on exhibit at art centers, and artists gathering downtown to display their work depic...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

CNN

Ashley Vaughan

23 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, a...

Wisconsin Watch

Will Cioci

23 June 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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A “rapid response” mural project transformed shuttered storefronts with vibrant messages of pride, perseverance, anger, justice, and unity. The project was funded by Arts in Public Places Looking Forward, a new organi...

Los Angeles Magazine

Marissa Gluck

23 May 2020

United States

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Artist and activist Warren Neidich organized drive-by art exhibits in two cities to help unemployed artists and communities feeling isolated during the Covid-19 related shutdown. Inspired by drive-by birthday, graduat...

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Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

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Sonja Swanson

8 May 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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The City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency is providing funding for businesses closed by COVID-19 to board up their windows with public art. Offering up to $2,000 per business, its purpose is to help support local art...

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Cinnamon Janzer

28 April 2020

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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The Downtown Greenway in Greensboro was already underway when the coronavirus hit and it has turned out to be quite the respite and economic boon. The Greenway draws visitors in with trails, greenways, public art, loc...

The New York Times

Audra Burch

21 January 2020

Newnan, Georgia, United States

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The small Southern city of Newnan, GA considered themselves to be a fairly open and accepting place. This attitude was shattered when 17 huge portraits of ordinary people who make up Newnan were hung across the city a...

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Zoe Sullivan

19 November 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace ...

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Megan Clement

15 November 2019

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

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The Brazilian city of Recife is tackling violence prevention by focusing on early-childhood education through a program called Urban95. In addition to painting the streets and buildings bright colors, Urban95 offers a...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

1 November 2019

Hilliard, Ohio, United States

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Involving a community can bring value to public art. Following protracted discussions, the Hilliard Public Arts Commission succeeded in drawing up guidelines with the approval of the city as well as securing a small p...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

30 October 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Cities enhanced by public art improve the quality of life for their residents. Across the midwest—from Bucyrus, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois—cities are investing in public art and murals as a way to revitalize their com...

Richland Source

Larry Phillips

29 October 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Public art adds value to communities that have experienced decline in recent decades. In towns like Mansfield and Marietta, Ohio, public art plays a positive role. Murals created by groups like Mansfield Murals Inc., ...

Beirut Today

Aina De Lapparent Alvarez

10 September 2019

Hammana, Lebanon

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Amplifying local culture, history, and food through the arts increases tourism and can revitalize areas struggling with depopulation. The Hammana Artist House, a collaboration between a philanthropist and Collectif Ka...

Design Week

Sarah Dawood

23 July 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Environments designed with soundscapes and visual art help to reduce anxiety and pain. In London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has noted a marked improvement in patient experience, including decreased pain and eve...

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Sandra Larson

17 July 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Boston, many groups are working to public spaces, large and small, as they face upheaval and change in the face of rapid development. In one example, the Asian Community Development Corporation creates projects for...

Middle East Eye

Olivia Cuthbert

18 June 2019

Beirut, Lebanon

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Building community around storytelling preserves cultural heritage. Across Lebanon, individuals and institutions like the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and the Theatre Monnot in Beirut are working to preserve oral cult...

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Elizabeth Pandolfi

15 May 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating and deploying exhibitions in response to real-time events can allow museums to play a larger role in community engagement and education. By developing so-called rapid-response exhibits, museums can respond mo...

Yes! Magazine

Gabriel Furshong

9 May 2019

Helena, Montana, United States

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Earlier this year, Helena, Montana became the first city in the United States to both remove and replace a confederate monument. A group called the Equity Fountain Project will replace the old monument with a public a...

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