Graffiti prevention and intergenerational art come together

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When people care about their neighborhood, they are less likely to put up graffiti and more likely to help prevent it. With that in mind, the City of Minneapolis created micro grants for innovative projects designed to assist with graffiti eradication and prevention efforts. As one of the grant recipients, Southwest Senior Center is combining graffiti prevention with a large intergenerational art opportunity. The community mosaic mural project will bring together over 100 people of all ages who will work to design and build a 100 square foot mosaic mural that will grace the parking lot wall of the Center. The Center is partnering with students at Barton Open School, EHFNA, and CARAG to bring many people into the project. We are hopeful that everyone who takes part in the project will feel a sense of pride about the exterior of our building and those in the surrounding area.

All workshops will take place at the Center at 3612 Bryant Avenue South.
Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. and Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. : Visioning Workshop –Your chance to help shape the theme and images of the mural.
Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Mosaic Assistant Training Workshop.
Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Mosaic Mural Workshop – Help build the mural.
To find out more about the Community Mosaic Mural Project call the Center at 612.822.3194.

Area residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of what images should be included in the mural. Once the design is created by mosaic artist Maria Ricke, residents will take part in building the mural during a series of workshops. These workshops are open to the entire family and should be a fun time for all as we work together to create the mural. We are looking for lead volunteers in the following areas: Photographers to document the process and people who would like to be trained on making mosaic murals who will learn how to cut tile, grout, and be able to help train others.

Graffiti Tips
Prevent it
• Report suspicious behavior immediately by calling 911.
• Organize your block.
• Use lighting to discourage vandals.
• Use landscaping, such as bushes and plants to create a barrier to tempting walls.
If you are tagged
1. Report it by calling 311.
2. Remove it –.Minneapolis fire stations provide free graffiti removal solvent.
3. On painted surfaces, put a primer coat over the graffiti and then paint with exterior paint.
For more information on graffiti, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/graffiti