Amphi Mural Design: Reaching Community Consensus | Michael Schwartz

Currently I’m teaching at Woods Memorial Library, situated in the Amphi neighborhood in midtown Tucson. The after school program for middle and high school youth was requested by the local neighborhood association as a way to build capacity, reduce crime and hopefully foster new leadership. Amphi is one of the highest crime areas of our […]

Start the Peace Stop the Violence / Michael B. Schwartz

“Start the Peace Stop the Violence” is the theme of this mural. Over 150 neighbors gathered on November 5th  for a community paint day facilitated by teaching artist Michael B Schwartz. The mural design emerged from a series of community conversations in South Phoenix. The mural is part of a comprehensive campaign by TRUCE, Arizonans […]

Restorative Practices: Community Arts Integration

As I drive through the streets of Tucson and Phoenix it feels at times as though I’m on another planet. There are long blocks of single story strip malls, clusters of apartment complexes, convenience stores and micro housing developments looking out of place, everything is designed around the automobile. Walking several blocks in 109-degree weather […]