The Museum of the Street: CETA murals, placemaking, and urban revitalization
June 28, 2023 - June 30, 2023
This project documents the impact of a mural-making program in the late 1970s, a time of social unrest, the degradation of American cities, and differing attempts by politicians and community groups to address severe inequities. A special program which channeled funds to cities began in 1976 — the year of the American Bicentennial (the 200th founding of the nation-state) allowing localities such as mayoral and city council administrations to devote funds across social and cultural projects in an attempt to provide services while, at the same time, providing employment to people. The case study example of this to be discussed is from New Haven, Connecticut.