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Library Program for At-Risk Teens


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A Library program for at-risk teens about going from graffiti street tagger to successful artist.

A Library program for at-risk teens about going from graffiti street tagger to successful artist.

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  • 1. From Street Graffiti to Contemporary Art
    Making a Living as a Graffiti Artist
    Danielle Salomon
  • 2. GOALS
    To introduce the idea that earning a living as an artist is a potential option
    Present a POV of graffiti that acknowledges the cultural, artistic and creative aspects of it
  • 3. PART 1
    A presentation that profiles graffiti artists who transitioned to become successful contemporary artists, either in the commercial or fine art world
    PART 2 (optional)
    An airbrush art demonstration and workshop led by an artist
  • 4. Jean-Michel Basquiat (SAMO)
    Graffiti writer in NY who became famous in the 1980’s
    Died in 1988 of a drug overdose
    In 2007, a record $14.6 million was paid for one of his works
  • 5. ChazBojórquez
    Former L.A. graffiti writer who went to art school and developed his own style of art
    Art combines “Cholo style” gang graffiti and Asian calligraphy
    Has pieces housed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • 6. Steve Powers (ESPO)
    New York City artist who became famous for blurring the lines between legal and illegal art
    Published the magazine On the Go in the 1990’s
    Currently a gallery artist with works listed for sale at $10,000
  • 7. KAWS
    Former graffiti artist who has worked in animation for Disney
    Currently designs his own line of limited edition vinyl toys
    Produces fine art as well as commercial art
    Fine art currently sells for $10,000 to $80,000 per piece
  • 8. Materials
  • 9. YALSA 2010 Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    Donate a copy to every teen who attends the program
    “…It will help street artists successfully create and develop their individual styles. The book explores all of the materials, tools, and techniques that the most famous street artists use as well as showcasing outstanding and innovative work from around the world. Expert artists share their tips for reaching the ultimate twin goals of getting work seen and sold. “ –
  • 10. Publicity
    Flyers in the detention facility
    E-mails to all the officers and administrative staff, inviting them to attend the program and asking them to spread the word about it
    Ask other volunteers at the facility to spread the word
    The day before the event, visit each unit personally and provide them with a preview of what the event will be about
  • 11. Budget
    SCENARIO 1 – Presentation and Workshop
    Books and DVDs (if not already available to the library): $500
    Artist fee (one artist) $350
    Art materials for 50 people ($15/person) $750
    Flyers and Surveys $100
    TOTAL $1,700
    SCENARIO 2 – Presentation Only
    Books and DVDs (if not already available to the library): $500
    Flyers and Surveys $100
    TOTAL $600
  • 12. Measurement
    Difficulties in Measuring Success:
    Is attendance optional or required?
    Limitations on loaning materials
    Workshop portion may not be feasible in some facilities
  • 13. Measurement
    Over 30% of the facility’s eligible population attends the program (if there is a choice to attend the program at the facility)
    Over 30% of the materials offered are checked out
    High interest level and active participation in the activity are observed
    Benchmarks are estimates and will need to be re-evaluated after a trial of the program
  • 14. Future Programs
    Future programs could include a workshop on inner-city art scholarships and how to apply for them