December 2018 – Meriden, Connecticut – Artist Paints Mural to Convey Positive Message of Graffiti Art

Graffiti artist Ryan “ARCY” Christenson was commissioned to paint a mural outside of a local middle school in Meriden, Connecticut to show young people what they can do with art on a different, unique medium. The mural showcases a certain social-cultural significance reflected in the community and promotes spray paint and street art in a positive way. In addition, the students are not only seeing the positive effects of spray paint and street art with their own eyes, but they are also being taught about graffiti, its significance, and how to express themselves legally by their Art and English teachers during school hours. Educating young people about the differences between graffiti vandalism and street art is vital in ensuring that cities and towns throughout the US are not plagued with vandalism for decades to come.

Source: Record-Journal

August 2017 – Toronto, Canada – City of Oshawa Launches First Safe Graffiti Space

On July 29th, the City of Oshawa invited residents and artists of all ages and skills to the opening of the city’s first “safe graffiti wall” located on the grounds of a local park and recreation center. During the “Paint the Park: Donevan Art Park” launch event, attendees had the opportunity to watch graffiti demos by artists and participate in hands-on graffiti training. City Councillor Bob Chapman, who is the Chair to the Community Services Committee, explained that many people believe that all forms of graffiti are illegal acts. They are correct with it defaces private or public property without permission of the building owner; however, as Chapman further explains, graffiti is also a form of art when done in the correct location with the permission of the building owner. This project in Oshawa provided a safe space to those wishing to express themselves through graffiti, and promoted the inclusion and awareness of urban street art.

Source: The Oshawa Express

June 1, 2016—Tucson, Arizona, TAAG Program Combats

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.


June 17, 2015—Australia, Mapping Technology Used to Study Graffiti

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.


August 29, 2014—Tucson, Arizona, Poster Contest

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.


May 28, 2014—Phoenix, AZ, Graffiti Prevention Workshops

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.”


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