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JCSU Alumni Inspire Youth Through Smart Art Project

Charlotte, N.C., February 27, 2013 – Sound Decisions RDS Inc., a nonprofit organization created by Johnson C. Smith University alumni Oscar and Kiya Frazier, recently received a Smart Art: Graffiti Prevention Mural Grant from Keep Charlotte Beautiful. The grant was used to create a mural depicting famous North Carolinians, while encouraging youth to take pride in their community and prevent graffiti.

Keep Charlotte Beautiful provides funding each year for a community mural project with the goal of reducing and preventing graffiti. Sound Decisions partnered with First Ward Creative Arts Academy on the mural in their new Sense and Science Garden. On Jan. 26, students from First Ward Elementary school, parents, community members and student volunteers from Johnson C. Smith University combined their talents to paint the mural during their community day. “Having the students involved in painting the mural gives them a sense of ownership and pride in their school and community,” said Oscar Frazier, founder of Sound Decisions RDS, Inc. 

The mural was completed on Feb. 16 and an unveiling ceremony is planned for this spring. The project was captured on video and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FztoofD3EY&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

Sound Decisions RDS Inc. provides mentorship and advocacy to local youth through exposure to the arts and community projects. Offering various services and creative programs, the organization seeks to help youth make sound decisions. Besides the mural project, Sound Decisions RDS, Inc. has also partnered with Ranson IB Middle School to offer a six-session program that will teach art enrichment and financial literacy classes to youth and young adults.

About JCSU
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.   

Contact:
Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
704-330-1338  jgaskins@jcsu.edu

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