S.A.G.E. (Stylez Advancing Graffiti’s Evolution) Coalition is a Trenton-based art collaborative that seeks to transform symbols of urban blight — crumbling, abandoned homes and buildings — into showcases for art. S.A.G.E. artists remind those in neighborhoods that unity in community and pride in heritage are still alive. Their humanitarian goal is to uplift the lives of their communities and create a source of pride around the soul of their messages. An impact can be seen in their widening network and visual “take-back-the-streets” attitude. You'll be taken behind the scenes to see how this artist coalition is changing things up in Trenton and building community with people from diverse backgrounds.

VIDEO: Watch Kasso and S.A.G.E. Coalition in action on the streets of Trenton, NJ

  

Will Condry, known as Kasso in the community, stands in front of a large mural he created as the driving force behind an event called New Jersey Fresh Jam, where artists from around the country gather for a hip hop jam and beautification project.  

Will Condry, known as Kasso in the community, stands in front of a large mural he created as the driving force behind an event called New Jersey Fresh Jam, where artists from around the country gather for a hip hop jam and beautification project.  

The Sage Coalition Art Gallery and artist workspaces are located on 219 East Hanover Street in Trenton, where it is the only active storefront on a street with multiple boarded up buildings.

The Sage Coalition Art Gallery and artist workspaces are located on 219 East Hanover Street in Trenton, where it is the only active storefront on a street with multiple boarded up buildings.

Youth in Trenton enjoy a sunny day making art out on the streets at the Sage Coalition's "Windows of Soul" three-day event.

Youth in Trenton enjoy a sunny day making art out on the streets at the Sage Coalition's "Windows of Soul" three-day event.

These murals can be used for social change,” Kasso said. “You just have to give the artist freedom. People will start to value their communities again. This place may be different or it may stay the same — at least I tried!
— NJ.com, Mercer Edition, 9/22/2012