Aimed at reclaiming graffiti hot spots from taggers, these urban-arts programs are among 12 that have just received grants, ranging from $500 to $7,500, from the Denver Office of Urban Affairs.The programs grew out of ideas developed in a set of 2007 recommendations (pdf) from a "Graffiti Task Force" in the Mile High City.
The program started in 2009, one of the recommendations of the Graffiti Task Force.
"We looked at where murals were put up, and the radius around them, to see if graffiti increased or decreased," said Regina Huerter, co-coordinator of the Graffiti Task Force and executive director of the Denver Commission on Crime Prevention and Control.
There was a noticeable decrease — enough to spur creation of a program that in 2009 yielded nine projects that attracted 300 kids, about 80 percent of whom stuck with the programs.
Many of the programs asked for signed anti-graffiti pledges and recruited professional urban artists to mentor the participants.
See related Grits posts:
- Toward a restorative graffiti policy
- Graffiti solutions: A cost-benefit analysis
- Kids do less art in school, more in street, Lege reacts with hammer
- Creating public spaces for invited art adds carrot to stick of banning uninvited graff
- Invited graffiti: Solution or enabling for unwanted tags?
- Paint responsibly: Museum offers hands-on graffiti exhibit
- Allowing invited graff best way to reduce unwanted graffiti
- Austin lags on important third component of graffiti policy
- Mexico prevents graffiti by encouraging it at El Azteca Stadium
- Moscow turns to invited graffiti to liven up Soviet era buildings