Coloring inside the lines, Art that creates community

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Sunnyside Piazza, Portland

What if all it took to build a better neighborhood was a little paint? Neighborhoods nationwide are painting their intersections to help create community and a sense of place. Read about it in Grist magazine: Coloring inside the lines, Art that creates community. Watch the video and get inspired to bring art to your community after the jump:

TCC Video: Atlanta’s Murals Create Community

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Jaime Rojo street art

Public art has the power to help create community and a sense of place. It reduces crime and increases beauty. It also makes people think. We admire Atlanta’s Living Walls project. It’s in The Huffington Post here: 20 Murals From Atlanta’s Living Walls. Watch a video about the artists after the jump:

TCC Playlist: Divisionary (Do The Right Thing) by Ages and Ages

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Catholic Catalogue reader and contributor, Claire Fyrqvist, turned us on to the Portland Oregon band, Ages and Ages. We like how they writes songs that are meant to be sung. Check out their performance of “Divisionary.” It’s got hand claps, a children’s choir and a room full of people singing, “Get yourself right, never mind them, you’re not the only one suffering.” Watch the performance and sing along after the jump: