Students em­brace graf­fiti pro­gram

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Five Horsham schools have un­der­taken an in­ter­ac­tive graf­fiti ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, learn­ing about graf­fiti van­dal­ism, its con­se­quences and the im­pact it can have on the com­mu­nity.

De­liv­ered by Warner Youth Ed­u­ca­tion, the work­shops had a strong fo­cus on un­der­stand­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween street art and il­le­gal graf­fiti us­ing the core themes of re­spect, re­spon­si­ble ac­tion and pos­i­tive de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

The work­shops high­lighted to students the neg­a­tives of graf­fiti van­dal­ism, and en­cour­aged students to avoid be­ing in­flu­enced by peer pres­sure, as well as demon­strat­ing how to role model and make pos­i­tive choices.

Horsham Ru­ral City Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Kevin O’brien said the coun­cil had used a Graf­fiti Pre­ven­tion Grant from the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to im­ple­ment the project, de­signed to help re­duce graf­fiti-re­lated crime in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“The work­shops are part of the coun­cil’s re­sponse aimed at curb­ing graf­fiti van­dal­ism and ed­u­cat­ing young peo­ple on the dif­fer­ence be­tween street art where per­mis­sion has been ob­tained, as op­posed to cre­at­ing il­le­gal graf­fiti,” he said. “It is an ex­pen­sive process to re­move graf­fiti and in re­cent times the coun­cil has spent al­most $60,000 do­ing just that.”

The pro­gram will cul­mi­nate in a street-art project led by the Art is… fes­ti­val com­mit­tee.

Art is… will work with students and a rep­utable street artist to pro­duce street art in the lead-up to the 2017 Art is... fes­ti­val in June.

The project is a joint project of the coun­cil, Nexus, Vic­to­ria Po­lice, Art Is… and a pub­lic art com­mit­tee.

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