One of the themes we will explore this semester is that of the distribution of wealth and factors that contribute to poverty. Murals have existed across many cultures spanning a huge timeline, but we've noticed murals in primarily in specific neighborhoods at this early point in our inquiry. Questions and comments about socio-economic status in these neighborhoods have surfaced, so it seems a logical place to dive in. I asked this question this morning: "Do you think living in poverty is something a person can control or not?" In other words, if a person is considered poor, is it their fault? Everyone in our group today fell in the middle of the spectrum today. They stood together in the center of the room between the two polarities of this question and discussed.

Christie Seyfert