The Walls Project seeks to spark conversations about Baton Rouge poverty

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The Walls Project will utilize mural art and partner collaboration this fall to use building facades to create dialogue and spur action to reduce barriers Baton Rouge neighborhoods face to overcome poverty.

Programs of the Walls use creativity and inter-generational collaboration to address deeply-rooted and historically systemic issues in Baton Rouge.

The #OneRouge campaign will shine light on the nine drivers of poverty ⁠— sharp declines in median income; reduced access to affordable transportation; a lack of home ownership and escalating rental costs; a growing number of neighborhoods in poverty; a high number of households with children living in poverty; a lack of educational attainment; limited English proficiency and cultural differences; high teen birth rates; and high poverty rates for single mothers

The Walls Project is launching a crowd-sourced fundraiser Wednesday to ignite the conversation concerning drivers of poverty and the barriers people face to overcome them.

Murals included in the fundraiser will showcase artists’ interpretations of the root causes of poverty in America to raise awareness around each of the drivers, challenge preconceptions and present solutions.

The Walls Project will use #OneRouge to highlight existing community partners already working toward its goals.

The Walls Project aims to paint murals in high-need schools and under-invested neighborhoods, educate youth to attain the high-demand jobs of the future, and reactivate communities by re-mediating blight and making them safer.

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