Cincinnati, Ohio

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s programing brings color and life to Cincinnati neighborhoods, demonstrating commitment to and care for overlooked spaces. The organization uses art as a catalyst for reducing blight, crime, and litter. Eyesores in a community — things like vacant buildings, crumbling retaining walls, and rusty chain link fences — are turned into community assets by using the neglected space to create simple, low-cost works of art. By changing the appearance and perception of a neighborhood, this work improves the quality of life for residents and encourages economic development.