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A Mural Arts Program for Recidivism

by Marie Miller

The Center for Applied Research is organizing representatives from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on Friday, Feb. 12 in Ferguson Theater at 5:30 p.m. The representatives will talk briefly about their program known as the Community Arts & Reintegration Project (CARP).

The CARP is described as a restorative justice-based program to develop and construct murals. The morals will be place on buildings throughout Westmoreland County. The goal is to limit recidivism by valuing equity, fairness, and progress through the pride of the art work.

Located in Philadelphia, the program’s art transforms places, individuals, communities and institution which establishes new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art.

“Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding.” The Moral Arts Program stated this online under their “Our Mission Statement” page. “We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of their partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.”

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