By Andrea Orlando

Community Director

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

When artists become involved in addressing challenges, the possibilities are unlimited. We caught up with the two New Mexico artists who created Positive Policing Solutions, a program aimed at making interactions between the police and young men of color safer. We recorded a podcast interview with the two men during our Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit last month.

Darryl DeLoach and Hakim Bellamy created the program as a response to the Black-Lives-Matter movement. In essence, it is an answer to the following question: If we know what policing shouldn't be, what SHOULD good law enforcement look like?

DeLoach, an actor, and Bellamy, a poet, demonstrated their methods in a breakout session during the three-day summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in early February. They brought two young men, teenagers, and two law enforcement officers to do some role playing and deconstruction. They took turns playing the roles of motorists in a traffic stop and the police officers making the stop. They also engaged volunteers from the audience of creative placemakers to perform an exercise borrowed from the Brazilian theater of the oppressed.

Download the podcast to listen to the full interview.

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