Los Angeles Public Works visited McKibben Elementary on Thursday, February 7, to talk to students about the consequences and dangers of graffiti.
Students were able to watch a video about what graffiti is and how it impacts their community. They also learned how it costs the city and it’s citizens millions of dollars each year to repair the damage of graffiti. Public Works shared real life examples of people and crews who have damaged the city with graffiti and the consequences they faced. Some people were charged with paying the city over 4 million dollars in damages.
After learning about how graffiti damages a community and the consequences one can face for participating, students learned the dangers of it. Public Works’ presenters shared about how you never approach a person who is doing graffiti, simply report it.
The assembly finished with presenters sharing about ways to express yourself through art in legal ways. They shared about an organization called Self Help Graphics and Art. This organization is a non-profit that is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of art.
“Our multidisciplinary, intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and capital.”
This showed students that if graffiti art is something that they are interested in there is a place they can express their art in a way that enhances their community.