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Use public art to define and place value on local "empowered women".

Create a "Our women rule these streets" atmosphere in unsafe neighborhoods where women are viewed as the dominant and highest-valued component of the neighborhood.

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Lined with street art that portrays powerful woment and displays the wyas in which these types of female characters are valuable for men and the community.

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Create a robust collection of female protagonist street art to better set women on an empowered path of life and warm men up to that goal as well.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

There is a need to better value women in these environments. By articulating that value through art and forcing men to envision women in these environments, their view can change on the capabilities of women and the importance of their empowerment.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Communities that undervalue women and lack the ability to embrace them in creating positive social welfare due to stereotypes or biases of that particular area.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

Local artists, community members, feminists, governmental entities.

Where should this idea be implemented?

In areas where women are undervalued in society and there are pathways along which one can create large-scale murals.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

Focus on a particular area or neighborhood and measure impact for a few years compared to another near-by town/village/neighborhood.

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I love this idea, Julian! So vibrant!

I agree that this should be led by local artists and also believe that the murals would best be supported by volunteers in the community where they will be created. Because murals are so large and often created for the communities in which they stand, many times volunteer painters from the direct community are needed to realize them. (I have worked as a volunteer painter for murals myself.) Vik Muniz is an acclaimed artist who works specifically to empower low income communities around the world by creating large installation art projects with their help - you can see a wonderful documentary on Muniz's work in /Wasteland/ (trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlwh8vT2NU). Perhaps this will help feed your inspiration!

Precita Eyes, an arts nonprofit in San Francisco (website here: http://www.precitaeyes.org/), may also provide some great models for how to realize mural projects for, with, and by the community. In some cases murals can be co-designed by many individuals and helped realized by artists. In other cases murals can be designed by one or more artists and then painted by a group of volunteers as overseen by the artist lead....

I agree with you & Tomo that there is a lot of potential here to create meaning and impact throughout the whole process and that it is important to include both genders. With that said, there is also some great potential to really promote local female artists and aspiring artists in the mural designs and directions. Just imagine being able to see your aspirations and hopes painted on the city walls of your community - that sends a real message, both to viewers and to artists.

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