A Blade of Grass Fellowship recipient, 2018

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Melanie Crean

ABOG Fellow for Socially Engaged Art

As an ABOG Fellow, Melanie Crean will create No Such Place as America in collaboration with the Founding President of Ebony Horsewomen Patricia E. Kelly; members of the Hartford Police Department; and local high school students. This team will use equine therapy and participatory narrative techniques to form a new shared, non-verbal, creative vocabulary to increase trust and foster mutual understanding between the young people and the police. The project’s transdisciplinary methods will be documented in order to be borrowed and reproduced in other communities.