Paraphrasing from their website: Publicolor was founded by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman in 1996, to push back at our nation’s growing drop-out rate. Publicolor teaches innercity students the marketable skill of commercial painting, which itself can break the cycle of poverty, then helps students transform their own school’s environment and that of nearby community sites. So far, Publicolor has transformed over 84 school buildings and over 100 community sites, impacting the daily lives of 150,000+ teachers and students.
I love this kind of thing. You can see before and after photos of some of their projects here.