NEA Lab Blog

See updates on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research Lab’s current work in Detroit examining best practices for commissioning public art through community engagement to improve health, and social/emotional well-being by reducing youth firearm injury.

“Untitled” by Fel’le (2019). Detroit CityWalls Program.

Recent Blog Posts

Detroit Murals Spotlight

By Mary C. Byron, BA. Detroit is a city full of murals that help spread a rich cultural history and reflect a strong sense of community. Here are a few murals from our Detroit Public Art database in the first of several mural spotlights to be highlighted in the NEA...

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A Summer Finding Art in Detroit

By Shreya Sampath and Mary C. Byron, BA. Shreya Sampath, a U-M undergraduate student studying Architecture, is a research assistant at the NEA Lab. She spent the Summer of 2023 documenting artworks in Detroit for the lab’s public art database, and in this post she...

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Busy Streets Theory and Public Art

By Skyla Chitwood, BS and Haley Crimmins, MPH. The UM National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research Lab has begun a study to better establish a link between public art and firearm injury prevention. A pilot study conducted by the University of Michigan previously...

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The Role of Public Art in Addressing Firearm Violence

By Jane Prophet, PhD. In 2019 NEA Lab PI Jane Prophet worked with Lia New (‘22 Art & Design) to find out more about US artists designers working in response to firearm injury. We found that most works were produced to implement or promote change by using art to...

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