Uptown art project aims to deter graffiti

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Defeating graffiti is no easy task —  it’s the most common type of property vandalism in the United States.

On Nov. 2, the Uptown Association will unveil a new art project designed to combat graffiti and other vandalism.

“Art Outside the Box” is a walking tour of the new graffiti-deterring CARAG art installations, hosted by the Uptown Association. The art installations include 13 artistically wrapped utility boxes placed throughout the CARAG neighborhood, featuring four designs by local artists Gail Katz James, Kirk Sklar, Mark LaCroix and Cindy Lindgren.

Similar projects have helped reduce graffiti markings in Minneapolis by 50 percent or more. By using a washable wrap material, the project has cost-effective maintenance and also provides a creative setting for artists to display their work.

The Uptown Association will also host a Community Graffiti and Safety Summit with six guest speakers, give away door prizes and offer food provided by Pizza Luce and Bobiam, in addition to the walking tour on Nov. 2.

“Art Outside the Box” aims to reduce graffiti in the CARAG neighborhood and its surrounding areas, with help from the Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant from the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Division, the Uptown Association, CARAG neighborhood and local businesses.

Annie Michaelson is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota. Learn about the Murphy News Service at www.murphynewsservice.org.

If you go …  

For those who are interested in increasing anti-graffiti education and graffiti prevention can RSVP at www.uptownassociation.com, on the phone: 612-823-4581 or at the event. The event will be held Nov. 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and the tour will begin at 1:05 p.m. from Bryant Square Recreation Center.