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NYC Hires Four Public Artists to Tackle Social Issues

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Jan 19, 2018

According to the New York Times, New York City has hired four public artists who will be charged with tacking social issues using creative tools. “The four artists, chosen by the Department of Cultural Affairs, will receive $40,000 to develop projects with different city agencies this year. The performance artist Ebony Golden will work with the Office to Combat Domestic Violence; the sculptor Onyedika Chuke, with inmates on Rikers Island; the architect Rachel Barnard, with people under probation; and visual artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, with the NYC Commission on Human Rights to create art that combats discrimination.,” the Times notes.

The crop of artists will spend the first three months of the year researching and interacting with local communities to better focus their material. “This will be an opportunity to do some really big innovative, original work,” said Ms. Fazlalizadeh in a phone interview with the Times. “It could be murals, but I’m also trying to think beyond that. I want to think about what I can do to infiltrate all these public areas to tackle these issues.”

Learn more about this effort in NYC here.

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