Graffiti Reframed

Graffiti Reframed is a one-year community engagement strategy that brings together a diversity of people and organizations in gaining a broad based understanding of graffiti by gathering perspectives of youth participants and the public. It investigates if building artistic capacity impacts youth identity, opportunities for engagement and employment in the creative economy, fosters community pride, place-making and tourism opportunities. It aims to track changes in attitudes about graffiti and those who produce it by understanding the forces driving creation and community attitudes toward it (e.g. crime, mischief, vandalism and/or art). Read more

Graffiti Reframed is a one-year community engagement strategy that brings together a diversity of people and organizations in gaining a broad based understanding of graffiti by gathering perspectives of youth participants and the public. It investigates if building artistic capacity impacts youth identity, opportunities for engagement and employment in the creative economy, fosters community pride, place-making and tourism opportunities. It aims to track changes in attitudes about graffiti and those who produce it by understanding the forces driving creation and community attitudes toward it (e.g. crime, mischief, vandalism and/or art).

There are two interconnected components to the study: i) the creation of three graffiti wall murals; and, ii) dialogue around the perspectives of graffiti through youth engagement, community conversations and public forums. The project utilizes art and dialogue as a platform for meaningful engagement, creating space for relationship building between and across the community spectrum.

Graffiti Reframed addresses the identified the need for understanding graffiti that emerged from the Downtown Dialogue in Action research, a partnership between the John Howard Society, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and NORDIK that developed a strategic action plan for social development in the downtown core.

Graffiti Reframed is a collaboration between the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie & District and NORDIK. The research team is comprised of Jude Ortiz, Liz Cooke, Sean Meades and Dr. Gayle Broad. Sharon Hunter, Cameron Dutchak and Mistr Tahti are leading the skills and mural development.

Funders and partners include:

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Corporation
  • Art Gallery of Algoma
  • Cases Music
  • 180 projects
  • 360 SSM Media Arts Collective
  • Neighbourhood Resource Centre (Gore St.)
  • Steel City Motorsports

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