Be Present

Project Description

The traffic safety banner residency program, sponsored by NYC DOT Safety Education in collaboration with the Groundswell Community Mural Project, engaged New York City 6th – 8th grade students in exploring the traffic safety environment in the area around their schools. Through discussion of traffic safety issues and neighborhood observation, students worked together to identify problems and provide solutions by creating unique banners that speak to local issues. The project was facilitated at each school by a DOT Safety Educator and a Groundswell teaching artist. The banners, designed collaboratively by students, were produced by the DOT Sign Shop and installed at locations in the local neighborhood after approval from the BID. Their banners were installed along streets near the schools by neighborhood Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and will raise traffic safety awareness and help prevent crashes and reduce injuries around their school community.
“Be Present” uses traditional mola describe to emphasize the importance of not texting while driving.

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Project Info

Location: 62 Ditmas Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11218

Fun Facts

The artists referenced the traditional molas (Caribbean quilt patterns from Panama) in their design.
Question about the Mural
How can you prevent texting while driving?
One out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.