Scott: The world honored President John F. Kennedy over the weekend, 50 years after he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. And during that time, Dallas built a pretty bad name for itself, even earning the nickname ‘city of hate.’ Well, now the residents of Dallas have put on a pretty interesting art project, working to recover their city’s pride. And Keith Kocinski has the details.
Dallas resident: Love is affection towards something or someone.
Dallas resident: It is something that you carry through every action, through your first waking thought when you get up in the morning.
Keith: Love is taking over Dallas, Texas in the shape of art. On every corner, love, love, and, yes, more love. It is part of the Dallas LOVE Project, an effort to turn Dallas into the city of love.
Dallas resident: Prove to everybody that we are a city of love, that we’re trying to change the way others think about us.
Keith: Because 50 years ago, Dallas earned a very different nickname.
Reporter: Three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade in downtown Dallas.
Keith: In 1963, it was during a visit to Dallas that President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. But even before his assassination, Dallas was already gaining a reputation of hate. In the 1960s, on two different occasions, residents attacked or harassed visiting politicians. And before Kennedy’s visit, hate flyers were posted around the city. Then after JFK was assassinated in 1963, Dallas took on names like ‘the city that killed the president’ or ‘the city of hate.’
Dallas resident: To me, to be living in the city that it happened, it’s very, very sad.
Keith: Now, 50 years later, leaders of the Dallas LOVE Project gathered art from over 20,000 amateur and professional artists to hang along the route President Kennedy took on that November day.
Dallas resident: I think it communicates on a level that is very, very deep, that touches our mind, our heart, our hands in ways that just reading would not do or being spoken to would not do.
Keith: Right now, I am at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, which is home to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars. And I am in the hallways outside the arena right now and I am surrounded by love.
Teens from all over the Dallas area are working on the project.
Dallas resident: One piece of art could change perspective and it can make a big difference to Dallas and how people view it.
Keith: Teens hope their art helps spread love one person at a time.
Dallas resident: It’s really cool and really amazing that by any random person that sees your love and they read your quote and they get inspired.
Keith: The art has a colorful future too. After it is taken down around the city, volunteers plan to spread the love by delivering the art to foster homes, prisons and nursing homes.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.
Scott: So, one more cool fact: there are about 10,000 pieces of art installed all around the city of Dallas to help spread that message of love.