TitleDo murals really leave an impression?
NameMeluso, Julia M. (author), Gillette, Howard F (chair), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
Street art--New Jersey--Camden,
Mural painting and decoration, American-Social aspects--New Jersey--Camden,
Mural painting and decoration, American-Social aspects--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia,
Social and Public Arts Resource Center (Venice, Los Angeles, Calif.)--History,
Mural Arts Program (Philadelphia, Pa.)--History
DescriptionArt indeed leaves an impression, but does it have the ability to impact peoples’ lives? Within the last several decades there has been a growing interest for public art to be utilized as a means to improve American cities that are in great need of change. Stemming from early 19th century movements, art enthusiasts believe that erecting public art can not only beautify their cities, but inspire change through the messages conveyed. Art can often be the catalyst for change, whether the creator seeks to unify or divide others because of the sentiments it evokes. It is also a common belief that art is a worthy investment for city boosters in order to improve urban environments. Although art often has the ability to inspire or rejuvenate certain areas, there is very little evidence that indicates whether or not these works of art have had a lasting impact on people, specifically those that live amongst them. The aim of this research is to determine whether or not the presence of public artwork, mostly murals, has the ability to affect the quality of life of the people who live nearby it. In order to accomplish this effectively, it is necessary first to explore where the interests in beautifying America’s cities first began.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Julia M. Meluso
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.