WHAT IS BROKEN WINDOWS POLICING?
The broken windows theory is an academic theory proposed by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. The academic theory, which first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, states that signs of disorder in a neighborhood, like a broken window, encourages petty crimes and leads to more serious crimes. This postulation was adopted by the New York City Police Department and has led to the criminalization of poverty and the over-policing of Black and Brown communities at disproportionate rates. The theory has never been proven to be effective at reducing crime.
SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 8
NOON - 8 P.M.
FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
The Museum of Broken Windows is a pop-up experience in New York City, which features the work of artists from around the country. The exhibit asks what the toll of Broken Windows policing has been on Black and Brown New Yorkers and invites people to reflect on why the outdated policing strategy belongs in a museum, rather than on our streets.
It is time for a change. New Yorkers are coming together for important conversations on policing and what it means to feel and be safe. Using art and creativity, the Museum of Broken Windows will provide a powerful and emotional experience that critically looks at the system of policing in New York.
7 East 7th St
(b/t Cooper Square and 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003