Pima County’s Taking Action Against Graffiti (TAAG) Program is hosting events throughout the summer where children ages 9-18 can show how graffiti affects their community and discourage those who do it by using art work. The winner’s artwork is being used for Pima County’s Anti-Graffiti Campaign.
New research from the University of Sydney has indicated that city policies to rapidly remove graffiti merely “shift the problem elsewhere” or encourage “quick and dirty” tagging. By using mapping technology, a PhD student’s research found that permitting local community art on “free walls” or traffic boxes more effectively reduced graffiti vandalism.
The City of Tucson held an anti-graffiti poster contest for students ages 9 through 18, and the contest winner will have his or her artwork used on Pima County anti-graffiti posters. These posters will be given to schools, libraries and community centers to spread awareness about the negative impacts of graffiti and how to report graffiti.
The Phoenix Police Department and Phoenix Neighborhood Services are hosting "Graffiti 101" workshops to educate members of the community about graffiti laws, how the community can help prevent graffiti vandalism from spreading, and “hands-on activities.”