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Throwback to Las Vegas 2016

Back in 2016, I went to Las Vegas with my team for the Life is Beautiful (LIB) festival. I was happy to be part of this festival which aimed to bring together music, art, food, and learning in downtown Las Vegas. With the help of my crew and securing a location with the LIB curatorial arm Just Kids, I completed my Corporate Welfare mural, to inspire viewers to continue to consider money in politics during the 2016 election season. This piece is a comment on corporate subsidy. While average Americans struggle to make ends meet, many profitable industries and corporations receive tax breaks and subsidies due to the dangerously disproportionate influence corporations have on politics and policy, specifically the oil and gas industries which have continued to have a stronghold on Washington. If you want to learn more about how these corporations support the Republican party, check out the numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics through opensecrets.org.
-Shepard

Photos: Jon Furlong and Raymesh Cintron

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