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The Margarita I. Álvarez 'Boarded' Project Attempts Social Good

By: Josh Mears - Published: Jan 9, 2012 • References: miaprojects.blogspot and kickstarter
'Boarded' is a special project to improve the appearence of some of the recession's casualties. This grassroots movement is spearheaded by Margarita I. Álvarez -- a.k.a M.I.A. -- and enables others to contribute by donations. The before and after images are vastly contrasting as the project focuses on making the best of a bad situation -- Boarded attempts to turn a frown upside down.

The project brings bright artwork to some of the most depressing communities in attempt to prevent discouragement or even theft via the "broken window theory" (the concept that cleaning up urban neighbourhoods can help ward off crime). Boarded nails community engagement and social good on the head as it aims to revitalize the world one run-down community at a time. Attempting to bring life and hope to those who need it, the project is empowering those who wish to make a difference. The project may be called Boarded, but it is evidently breaking barriers for change.