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Honoring Each Victim, Yowei Shaw

Honoring Each Victim, Yowei Shaw

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Yowei Shaw: “Honoring each Philadelphia homicide victim with art”.
Radio interview with MamaCita members of the Leeway Art and Change Grant project- One Year.

Five local artists are working to memorialize each Philadelphian killed in 2012. But with 78 homicides already and the total growing more quickly than last year, they’re struggling to keep up.

 

It may be obvious that Philadelphia’s murder count is always growing. But it can still be surprising. Brenda Howell is a mixed-media artist, who’s keeping a close watch.

 

“Almost to an obsessive point where you’re checking once a week, every other day, and kind of hoping that the number doesn’t go up. But in a way, knowing that it’s not going to stop,” said Howell.

-From the interview transcript by Yowei Shaw