The South Park Business Improvement District pulled together $10,000 and worked with the Do Art Foundation and Metro Charter Elementary School to spread artwork across an often tagged construction fence that is hundreds of feet long. The collection of black-and-tan patterns and red, white and blue faces with a string of cans for a smile were installed in January. The SPBID reported just two instances of tagging in the two months after the works went up, a decrease of 96%.
An NYPD police officer who has seen a rise in graffiti in the 24th precinct plans to curb graffiti in the neighborhood with the addition of murals. She also educates local merchants about the Graffiti Free NYC program, a free cleanup service offered to business owners. She also works with a team of high schoolers to paint over graffiti and restore a mural.
On Feb. 5, members of the Graffiti Resource Council (GRC) participated in the official unveiling of the City of Tucson’s mural project, for which GRC provided a $5,000 grant to reduce graffiti. Last fall, GRC’s grant to the Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) was matched by the City of Tucson’s Environmental Services, which funded the painting of murals on five metal city dumpsters. Five Tucson artists designed and painted the murals on the waste containers to be provided to businesses in areas that have a high potential for tagging.
GRC hopes that the murals will help deter graffiti vandalism, and help beautify the city. The project has received strong support from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, City Councilman Steve Kozachik, and City Councilman Karin Uhlich.