Watch: Welding Art for Community Healing

This past year, UA sculpture students designed and crafted original pieces of functional art for an outdoor space that promotes healing and health in a rural Alabama community.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Student-Led Project

The pieces will be installed in one of 20 healing zones being developed in communities across the state as a part of the Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative. Led by The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, the initiative equips communities to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and build capacity to deal with future health and quality of life challenges.

Healing zones are outdoor spaces that support physical, mental, emotional and social health. The spaces will feature amenities like walking paths, exercise stations, children’s play areas, bike racks, benches, picnic tables and raised garden beds. Master planning is currently underway in all 20 communities. 

The Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under 1 NH75OT000104-01-00. The content of the Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.