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Freeport, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: This project set out to enhance a public space in Freeport, giving residents of all ages an appealing place to gather. Organizers worked to identify a space to install a mural, painted by a local artist.

Upper Darby, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: A new mural brought renewed activity and improved safety to Upper Darby Township's downtown. Volunteers -- including older adults, artists, students and art teachers -- designed and created the 135-foot mural, which is located in a breezeway connecting a parking lot to retail and entertainment options. Its design incorporates greetings in 60 languages -- reflecting community members' native tongues -- and older adults' input helped ensure its imagery reflected the region's history. Project organizers also added new lighting and seating to the breezeway. Community response has been positive. I really enjoy the walk from the garage to the office building, one local worker said. It is cleaner and well-lit. The colorful mural provides an uplifting view and I believe that it encourages people to care a bit more about the area...There is such diversity in culture here. Going forward, the Township plans to use the site for small pop-up events, such as a Music at the Mural performance.

Los Angeles, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: The Thai Community Development Center sought to beautify Thailand Plaza, a commercial center along Hollywood Boulevard in Thai Town. The more than 1,000 square feet of metal garage doors making up the plaza's faade were a target for graffiti. To solve this, the Center commissioned two artists to replace the tags with vibrant murals illustrating Thai culture. They also repainted the gates of the nearby Brahmin Shrine in deep black and gold. By doing this, project organizers hope to deter future vandalism in the area, inspire a sense of community and draw new visitors to Thai Town. Locals hailed the project during a celebration marking the district's 20th anniversary.

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Palmer, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project created raised gardening beds, designed to be accessible for gardeners who use wheelchairs. Volunteers constructed two dozen planter boxes and benches, which project organizers then set up in several locations, including at senior housing complexes community and senior centers, on a town main street and at a community garden. The project also created educational programming to teach older adult residents about adaptive and accessible gardening. Organizers say they hope maintaining the new planters will give people access to fresh food, as well as the opportunity to socialize.

Wasilla, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project installed eight ADA-compliant benches and 22 planters to create a community garden.

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