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COALITION 

As observed in the resiliency and recovery routinely executed in the state, in March of 2020 the Walls Project looked to help preserve and coordinate community-driven organizations scrambling to address the pandemic and state shutdown.

 

Weekly meetings, held virtually on Friday mornings, sought to establish a cadence and location for civic and community leaders to coalesce and coordinate, addressing the most immediate areas of need: Economic & Workforce Development, Education, Food Insecurity, and Social Services for the working poor and their relation to the 9 Drivers of Poverty (see below). 

Most importantly, the meetings are open-source on The Walls Project website. This is to encourage anyone looking to understand more about the work being done inside the community to have a direct line of access. Each meeting minutes are recorded and distributed to partners and participants, as well as a cumulation of the shared resources across participating organizations. This is done to help distribute resources and information so that community response is better executed and more deliberate. 

 

ONEROUGE 2020 REPORT

Partners

Walls Project, Metromorphosis, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome & City of Baton Rouge, Capital Area United Way, Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation, Healthy BR, Geaux Get Healthy, Baton Roots Community Farm, American Heart Association, Three O’Clock Project, Topbox Foods, BREC, Focus Foods, LSU Ag, SU Ag, Feeding Louisiana, Louisiana Budget Project, LPHI, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center,  Baton Rouge General, Ocshner Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthy Blue, Aetna/CVS, Cox Communications, Capital One, IBM, Starbucks, ExxonMobil, BASF, LED Fast Start, NexusLA/Apprenti, EmployBR, BRAC, CRPCLA, Impact North Baton Rouge, Build Baton Rouge, CPEX, East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority, Partners Southeast, Ascent Project, Scotlandville CDC/CADAV, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, CATS, Co-City Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge School System, New Schools For Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, River Parishes Community College, Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Charter Schools, Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools, Louisiana 4-H, Front Yard Bikes, City Year, Empower 225, TRUCE, 100 Black Men,Upward Bound/Southern University, AMI Kids, TFA Corps, Red Torch Agency, Boo Milton/Spark Box, PREACH, Power Coalition, Together BR, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Grapevine Church, Grief Recovery Center, McMains Children’s Development Center, Capital Park Museum. 

Through the medium of public art and partner collaboration, The Walls Project will utilize public murals and conversation to spur action to reduce the barriers preventing Baton Rouge communities from rising out of poverty. 

​To ignite the conversation, The Walls is launching a crowdsourced fundraiser. Each of the murals will showcase artists' interpretations of the root causes of poverty in America to raise awareness around each of the drivers, challenge preconceptions, and present solutions. 

 

Specifically, with #ONEROUGE The Walls will feature existing community partners already doing the good work that with more community support can raise our city up.

WHY WALLS

Since 2012, The Walls Project has evolved beyond only creating public art.  Programs of the Walls look towards using creativity and intergenerational collaboration to address deeply-rooted and historically systemic issues in our city.  We CREATE and paint murals in high-need schools and underinvested neighborhoods, CULTIVATE and educate youth to attain the high-demand jobs of the future, and REACTIVATE communities by remediating blight and making them safer.

ABOUT THE DRIVERS

These barriers, or the Nine Drivers of Poverty, were created in thought-partnership with the Poverty Task Force of our sister-city, Dallas, TX, and HUD in order to assess, identify, and provide solutions towards ending poverty. By catalyzing the youth within The Futures Fund, The Walls is working with motivated high school students to develop research by examining the evidence for, reasons behind, and highlighting work being done to address the drivers affecting our city. 

ABOUT THE DRIVERS

These barriers, or the Nine Drivers of Poverty, were created in thought-partnership with the Poverty Task Force of our sister-city, Dallas, TX, and HUD in order to assess, identify, and provide solutions towards ending poverty.

By catalyzing the youth within The Futures Fund, The Walls is working with motivated high school students to develop research by examining the evidence for, reasons behind, and highlighting work being done to address the drivers affecting our city. 

Lack of educational attainment
Lack of educational attainment

Education for All

High number of households with children living in poverty
High number of households with children living in poverty

The Climb

Growing number of neighborhoods in poverty
Growing number of neighborhoods in poverty

Love Thy Neighbor

Lack of homeownership and escalating rental costs
Lack of homeownership and escalating rental costs

Drawing the Line

Low wages and high poverty rates for single mothers
Low wages and high poverty rates for single mothers

Equal Pay

English proficiency and cultural differences
English proficiency and cultural differences

Silent Voice

Access to affordable transportation
Access to affordable transportation

The Places We Wish to Go

High teen birth rates
High teen birth rates

Truth Hurts

Lack of access to foods to sustain a healthy life
Lack of access to foods to sustain a healthy life

Healthy Food Access For All

 

COALITION MEETING MINUTES