Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The potential of seaweed farms, public art's influence on safety, video games for depression and more from around the web

How Women in Bolivia Honor Their Indigenous Roots Through Skating In Cochabamba, Bolivia, an all-women skate crew called ImillaSkate uses skateboarding as a way to honor their roots, empower each other and stand against the persecution that Indigenous people have historically faced in the country. The women, who hail from Bolivia’s native Aymara and Quechua populations, skate in polleras—colorful, layered skirts traditionally worn in their …

New Study Reveals Public Art Decreases Traffic Accidents

During the pandemic, the US saw an unprecedented 21% increase in pedestrian fatalities. As the country looks to update its federal traffic safety guidance to mitigate this, a new report entitled Asphalt Art Safety Study from Sam Schwartz Consulting and Bloomberg Philanthropies offers solutions. The study examines the impact that asphalt art—which includes intersection murals, crosswalk art and painted plazas and bridge underpasses—has on the …

Word of Mouth: Belfast

Cocktails, coffee, cuisine and contemporary art in this vibrant and historic city

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, evidence of the capital city’s history of struggle can be seen on the walls that still separate some of the neighborhoods. Murals depict battles and pay tribute to those who fought or perished in The Troubles—a violent political and nationalistic conflict that the city’s population endured for almost three decades. Belfast celebrates artistic expression beyond those murals, and various organizations prove …