Very cool new public art program set to launch in NYC! from SmithsonianMag.
Starting in February, the walls of some of New York’s housing projects will look a little brighter. The City Council, spearheaded by Councilman Ritchie Torres, just earmarked $500,000 to install murals in public housing—and to pay residents to design and paint them.
The New York City Housing Authority has been under fire for everything from cost to cleanliness, and this project is part of the move to make affordable housing in the city more livable, healthy and pleasant. In May, Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out NEXT Generation NYCHA, a 10-year plan to help modernize the housing authority and make the buildings safe and stable. NYCHA will work with Groundswell, a Brooklyn-based arts nonprofit that helps community groups make public art with a mission.
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