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Rosa Parks Museum puts community improvement wishes on display

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum is displaying an exhibit this month to commemorate Rosa Parks 100th birthday in 2012 called, " The 100 Wishes for Rosa Parks" project. The art is a collection of wishes for positive social change from Montgomery area students.

Montgomery area students were inspired by the life and legacy of Rosa Parks and through a series of graphic design workshops, held with area high school and college students, the museum has turned these "wishes" into an art form.

The workshops produced a series of posters, some of which are on display at the museum exhibit until January 31st. They include a number of ideas from local students for how their communities could be improved, from better parks, libraries and schools, to an end to crime and violence.

"Positive social engagement in public space is integral to continued civic health," said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum. "Communities suffer when public space is perceived by citizens to be uninspiring, limiting, or dangerous. By asking the youngest members of a community to visualize positive solutions for public spaces in need of change, designers, policy makers and funding agencies are better informed to priori­tize their responses to their communities."

The ideas shared by the students will be passed on to city officials and policy makers and the entire exhibit will travel to additional venues throughout 2014 and 2015. It will also include data on the demographics of the students who participated, maps of schools and neighborhoods involved as well as graphs showing the themes of the wishes that students shared.

"Children are our future and our present and it is time we start to take their voices seriously," Norman said. "We must listen carefully to what they have to say and give them every opportunity to speak."

The exhibit hall, at the Rosa Parks Museum, is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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