A proposal to create some sort of street mural or public art work expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement was referred to the Pullman Arts Commission on Tuesday.

“Let’s be an example for other communities around the nation, and especially to all those students who are thinking of coming to Pullman,” said Jason Kennedy, a seven-year Pullman resident who has taken part in several recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Joe Hedges.

Joe Hedges, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, said public art projects are often controversial, but they also bring people together to have conversations.

Moreover, Hedges said, public art “can create a sense of community pride — particularly in communities where there may be some people who feel like their voices aren’t being heard.”

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