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My Neighborhood is an Art Gallery

By February 24, 2016 Personal Posts, Visual Arts

My neighborhood is a bad neighborhood.

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Well, that’s what people tell me.

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I get it.

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I know what they’re seeing.

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The problem isn’t what they are seeing.

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It’s what they don’t see.

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My neighborhood is an art gallery, and I walk through that gallery everyday.

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I grew up in the suburbs, where art is a crime that goes uncommitted.

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Those neighborhoods were “good neighborhoods”.

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The rules that made them “good” also made them the same.

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The art that makes my neighborhood unique and alive is a deviance frowned upon by the pearl-clutchers of neighborhood associations,

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for whom the wrong color of curtain lining is an offense against carefully cultivated uniformity.

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In my neighborhood, the buildings do not wear a uniform.

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They wear art.

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Stencils, murals, tags, stickers adorn their bricks and mortar without the approval of neighbors.

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Art doesn’t need permission.

 

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  • PopeScooby

    Awesome! Loved the art and the sentiment.

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