Public Spaces

How does the built environment affect the natural environment?
What are the principles of smart growth and how do they relate to the triple bottom line?
What is sustainability?
How can people create the right living landscape for their region?
How do living landscapes benefit the environment where you live?
100 minutes

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Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore the damaging effects of graffiti on public spaces as well as the value sanctioned public art can bring to a community. They view a presentation in which they see several powerful pictures of both and assess how they feel in response to each. Then they share photos of their favorite public spaces and see how they feel about those spaces after classmates cover them with graffiti. In the second session, students learn that the difference between sanctioned public art and graffiti is respect. They explore the concept of respect and then work together to create a mural for the school to encourage the school community to respect public spaces.