St. Croix's Booming Street Art Scene Aims to Boost Community Morale

Kia Griffith

Sun Mar 07 2021 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Art organizations and local artists are intentionally adding street or public art across St. Croix to boost community morale. The booming art scene is most notable in Frederiksted town, St. Croix’s western twin town that is historically known as Freedom City.

The mission behind Clean Sweep Frederiksted is to make Frederiksted a safe and clean community, as shared by its founder and executive director Virginia Clairmont. The installation of art in the town is to address how people were feeling about their community, she added. In an effort to combat the accumulation of rubbish, couches and stoves on the street side, Clean Sweep offers a stipend to local artists to place various pieces in certain areas that draw the attention of passerby’s but also encourage residents and businesses in the vicinity to take pride in their community by keeping it pristine. According to Ms. Clairmont, it’s working.

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