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Can Paint Help Prevent Crime in a Troubled Neighborhood Park?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a write up for my favorite St. Louis-based arts and culture magazine, ALIVE Magazine, on a new public art installation in our city’s Carr Square neighborhood. ALIVE is dedicated to featuring the work of extraordinary creatives in the Heartland states, and the project had a …

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Crime Prevention through Public Art

Context: Crime Prevention through Public Art. Installation of public art in public places celebrates a sense of community and helps in reducing crime, as criminals are discouraged from operating in areas which gives them a feeling that someone will challenge them. Thus, giving the neighborhood a sense of pride and reducing blight. Follow_link_to_article. Complication: In …

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Disrupting the Cycle of Urban Violence With Arts and Culture

It’s not possible to write five words about the South Bronx without mentioning hip hop, given that is its birthplace. But recently, The American Prospect managed about 5,000 words without mentioning it once. It was a missed opportunity, because a peek into hip-hop’s nativity story would have challenged the “Bronx Cheer” narrative, written by Harold Meyerson, about the …

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