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Jessalyn Carpino plans to create a park at an underutilized piece of property on the Northern Arizona University campus between the library and art school.

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Student hopes to use pragmatic art to transform a community

First she got her face on a billboard, now Jessalyn Carpino hopes to create a park that’s a work of art

Imagine the back lot of a town; derelict, full of weeds; scruffy ... its very existence attracts ruffians, drug dealers and crime. Most folks avoid going anywhere near the place. Then one day, someone with a vision steps in and transforms that wasted piece of land into a paradise with pieces of art, tree bowers with benches tucked away offering a moment of peace, broad expanses of grass, and paths meandering through gardens awash with the color of flowers. In essence, they create an outdoor museum. The transformation not only beautifies the space, it adds value to the community.


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