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Look-Listen-Connect-Create-Celebrate. Since 1984, the Mural Arts Institute has used this recipe to bring forth truly community-based art. As the USA’s largest public art program the organization aims not only to make art integral to public spaces, but for that art to be transformative on every level--from individual to national. After the runaway success of its pilot program in Philadelphia, the Institute has launched the Art & Environment Initiative to share its knowledge with cities across the nation, assisting them in creation and enrichment of their own self-sustaining, resilient public art programs.

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Updated: Apr 2

No, it’s not Xzibit’s latest reality TV project--but you can bet he would love what Brazilian graffiti “artivist” Mundano has created for the catadores of his country. Catadores, or trash collectors, are responsible for 90% of all recycling efforts in Brazil, utilizing a two-wheeled cart known colloquially as a carroça. The work is grueling and undertaken by invisible heroes, emerging from social inequality and unemployment. Mundano’s crowdfunded project decorates and repairs the carroças with messages such as “I am truly an environmentalist” and “Recycle your habits”, and also offers healthcare and hygiene services to the catadores and their families. As part of his effort to humanize these workers, Mundano has gone to great lengths to change the name of their occupation from ‘trash collectors’ to ‘recycling professionals’. With the launch of the Cataki app to make recycling easier, safer and more profitable, Mundano remains committed to increasing the visibility of these essential, once disrespected workers. Mundano is a TED fellow and channels social, environmental and political issues.

@catakiapp (locates the nearest recycling professional)


Mundano: Trash cart superheroes

Mundano | Speaker

This artist takes the spirit of protest from the streets to the gallery

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