Shared by Cesar

The numbers keep increasing and there’s not apparent solutions in sight. I feel the state is not doing enough to provide a safer school systems and a better environment in general for the majority of people.
The absence of someone with an empty space that is hard to fill. One of the consequences is that the figure is getting distant, becoming more of a memory.
My parents use to take us all boston to see our brother but as time passed by it became more difficult, and after he was released he was completely estranged for me.

A lack of a good education system as well as a lack of a safe place to grow and healthier environments is affecting the life of the kids of the underclass. It seems like there are not enough resources to provide a better quality of life for our residents. Too many abandoned neighborhoods lack of playgrounds, rec centers, community centers, and job training programs. sometimes when I walk in an underserved area it seems like I’m walking on the streets of a third world country. Kids growing on the this environment will hardly find space for inspiration. Add to this the fact of the mother or father figure is behind bars in the lack of inspiration discipline is caged.

About Eric Okdeh

Eric Okdeh is a Philadelphia based muralist, who has been creating public art since 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on mural work exclusively. Since 2002, in addition to his commissioned work, Eric has taught mural making classes to children and teens throughout the city as well as inmates at SCI Graterford Prison. The classes exist as leadership, teamwork, and skill building exercises which culminate in major mural projects. In an attempt to capture these significant community collaborations and interactions, Eric has developed this website and mural blog. The projects are journalized and documented in photographs and video clips to lend outside observers insight into the processes by which his murals come about. Eric has over 65 commissions throughout the city of Philadelphia and one in Seville, Spain. He has participated in mural projects in Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles. His work is featured in four books about public and Mural art.
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