Giving Compass' Take:
- In this podcast, Next City Executive Director Lucas Grindley talks with David Andersson from Bloomberg Philanthropies to discuss how asphalt art can reduce crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.
- How can asphalt art also contribute to community development initiatives? How can donors support local art mural projects, especially if they contribute to transportation safety?
- Learn about the other benefits of public art in urban areas.
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This art is saving lives — and not figuratively, according to one study.
Researchers tracked the effect of street murals painted onto intersections across the country and found they were markedly safer. In this episode of the podcast, Next City Executive Director Lucas Grindley talks with David Andersson from Bloomberg Philanthropies about the “Asphalt Art Initiative” and research released earlier this year that found the project cut in half the rate of car crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Anderson says the stat “really proved what we were hoping to do.” Now the program is expanding.
We also meet public artist George Bates who worked on one of these projects in Trenton, Jersey, and Max Hepp-Buchanan, the director of riverfront and downtown placemaking at Venture Richmond. He helped convene a Richmond, Viriginia, neighborhood to create a mural of a sankofa symbol, plus other interventions.
“Place making is really about the process and less so about the product,” said Hepp-Buchanan. “And if you have a good process that's inclusive you're probably going to end up with a good product.”
Read the full article about art murals at Next City.