Bahati Mamas: refugees making a new home through farming

The Bahati Mamas are a group of five Somali Bantu refugees living in City Heights who started their own farming business. Forced by the civil war in Somalia to seek refuge in the United States, the women eventually started an organic farming business, and for the past five years have sold produce at the City Heights Farmers market.  Their refugee status helped […]

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Crime mapping: efforts to improve safety in City Heights

Online tools like SpotCrime and Crimemapping.com produce information about the locations and frequency of criminal activities, helping law enforcement strategize about where to direct resources. Mapping crime also helps inform community members and keep them vigilant, and Hoover High School students are developing a method to report crime in the City Heights canyons. Read about the new media of crime mapping on AjA Project.

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Encouraging art, in the street

What is the difference between vandalism and art?  The Graffiti Education and Mural Arts Program is transforming graffiti from a rebellious act of vandalism to a legal art of individual expression.  “This is to create awareness in the city as far as graffiti goes…it’s not always bad.  Graffiti is often part of youth’s search for identity.”  Read more […]

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SongStream Project brings lullabies back to City Heights families

The SongStream Project‘s mission is to explore social issues, forge relationships, and act as a catalyst for creativity within the community.  The team’s latest series, “The Landscape of Lullabies,” uses the universal lens of lullabies to explore themes of family, home, and values.  Organizers set up a mobile recording studio at the City Heights Farmers Market to […]

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Cultural food practices

Youth at AjA Project photographed their cultural food practices, illuminating the link between culture, access and education around healthy eating. Many youth from Southeast Asia described a plant-based diet that they have been able to easily continue in the United States through local community gardens and farmer’s markets. Many refugees arrive in the United States […]

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