09/29/19: Free Hearts group creates mural to curb community crime


A group working to curb the wave of crime here in the midstate is doing so with an artistic approach. Free Hearts is an organization led by formerly incarcerated women that provides support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration. The group created a community mural at One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour. It's just one of many stops on the group's statewide tour. They're raising awareness of the criminalization of poverty and highlighting the impact it has on the community. “Through this art project which is also a big part of our culture, it’s coming together to envision how do we build a better world that doesn't criminalize poor people,” Free Hearts executive director Dawn Harrington said. The group also hopes to come up with community-based solutions for the growing crime concern.

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