Art creates graffiti message

The Off the Wall project has been launched by the City of Vernon and the Vernon Community Arts Centre

Art is being used to fight graffiti.

The Off the Wall project has been launched by the City of Vernon and the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

“The purpose of Off the Wall is to educate youth about the consequences of public mischief in the form of graffiti vandalism while at the same time cultivating an understanding of respect, responsibility and community pride,” said Rachael Zubick community policing co-ordinator.

“Further, Off the Wall offers an opportunity for youth to be mentored and given the tools to create art in a positive and productive environment thereby instilling self-respect, building self-esteem and confidence.”

The program will initially see bylaw and community police staff educate youth about how graffiti impacts a community.

“The presentation will increase understanding of the costs of graffiti vandalism financially, socio-economically and of the legal/enforcement consequences,” said Zubick.

“The workshop will give students an opportunity to discuss how they feel about graffiti versus permissioned art work and the ethical, health, environmental and social considerations that graffiti vandalism poses.”

Participants will then have an opportunity to attend an arts program at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

“The end result will be a gala gallery opening and showing in April of the student’s artwork at the VCAC and a display at YAA Fest May 19,” said Zubick.

“By providing the opportunity for youth to be mentored and given the tools to create art in a positive and productive environment. it can empower them to make better choices.”