> Hello ArtsEdNetters!
> Whenever possible, PLEASE respond to the group. This original post from
> Kate on graffiti projects came in, and even though the query intrigued me
> and I've been looking for responses, I saw none of the feedback. She must
> have gotten these responses privately. Please be brave. We want to share
> the ideas!
> At 10:20 AM 1/6/98, CAR2196.edu wrote:
> >Dear All:
> >Thankyou for your feedback on graffiti projects! I have been putting my
> >'feelers' out for suggestions and previous experiences because of the cultural
> >element and because I suspect that certain projects could have the potential
> >to backfire; glamorizing graffiti as 'cool'... which it is in certain respects,
> >but at other peoples expense!
> >I should tell you more about the project. There is a lot of funding in our area
> >for trying to curb graffiti in neighborhoods with a high frequency. Several
> >years ago the city even started a program called 'Graffiti Busters', a truck
> >manned with special sand blasters on-call and ready to remove graffiti when
> >local businesses called. They tried sending friendly police officers into
> >the schools but this was not half as successful as teaching kids about
> >graffiti through visual arts projects. I was wondering if any of you had ever
> >done similar projects in urban areas, or if any of you know of any outstanding
> >resources on the topic.
> >Rochester, NY
I am also very interested in learning about visual art projects that
respond to grafitti. I am particularly curious in ways to approach
elementary students. If anyone has ideas, I would appreciate it.
Nash Elementary School