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In 2016, my capstone class brought the Before I Die… project to St. Louis with the permission of artist Candy Chang for their final project. This international art movement installs giant chalkboards in public spaces. My students created a community dialogue about environmental issues with the prompt, “Before I die, I will help nature by___.”

People walking by could pick up a piece of chalk and share their innermost feelings in a very public space. Through this project, my students learned to work with the community on a large scale art installations and develop stronger voices in their communities.

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This project was made possible by the students of the Art Institute of St. Louis, City of Maplewood, Artist Candy Chang and a generous grant from Home Depot.