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Art + Community is a partnership focused on building community through art making and installing art in Greenville, NC.

The Art + Community project began when Greenville Police Officer Niki Cates visited East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design in search of artists to create work for the police force’s Property Protection Initiative (PPI) to reduce personal and property crime in a neighborhood across the street from the University’s east campus. Based on the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), the Greenville Police Department formed the PPI to take a new approach to deterring crime and building community relationships. Officer Cates, who received CPTED training, is part of the newly-formed City Center Task Force created by the Greenville Police Chief to address challenges facing University and Historic Downtown areas of Greenville.

The timing of Officer Cates’ visit to the School of Art and Design couldn’t have been better, since Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment faculty member Misun Hur, Ph.D. had already formed a research team, including Kate LaMere, Ph.D. (School of Art and Design, graphic design) and Traci Birch, Ph.D. (Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment.

Since the first meetings in fall of 2013, the partnership continues to grow and expand.

Partners Include:
Greenville Police Department, founding partner
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
Tar River University Neighborhood Association (TRUNA)
University Neighborhood Association (UNA)
School of Art and Design, ECU
Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, ECU
Off Campus Student Services, ECU
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