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City of Toronto Graffiti Management Plan | Toronto Police Training Seminar April 3, 2012


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Presentation to Toronto Police Service Graffiti Management Training Seminar by the city of Toronto Graffiti Management Team

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City of Toronto Graffiti Management Plan | Toronto Police Training Seminar April 3, 2012

  1. 1. Graffiti Management Plan: Working Together APRIL 3, 2012 TORONTO POLICE SERVICE GRAFFITI TRAINING SEMINAR
  2. 2. Background Mayor Ford’s priority 2007 new Coordinated Street Furniture reports identified graffiti as one place to direct energy & funding New plan is progressive and balances competing interests The City currently spends over $1M a year removing graffiti A new Municipal Code Chapter for Graffiti was approved in October 2011 and defines new parameters on graffiti art and graffiti vandalism
  3. 3. What is Toronto doing?In July 2011, City Council adopted a new Graffiti ManagementPlan that includes a number of recommendations and 4 keyaction areas.Research and experience show that implementing only one part(i.e. enforcement) without the other parts that providecoordination, engagement and support will lead to failure insolving the graffiti vandalism situation.
  4. 4. 1. Rigorous Enforcement against Tagging and Other Illegal Graffiti Continuous Municipal Licensing and Standards enforcement against illegal graffiti A revised graffiti by-law Rigorous standards on the removal of graffiti from all City property and stringent expectations for all City agencies, boards, commissions and corporations. A new partnership with the Toronto Police Service
  5. 5. 2. Better Reporting Mechanisms & Support for Victims of Tagging & Other Illegal Graffiti Enhanced reporting to 311, including a new reporting smartphone app Advice and support to the public Encourage Business Improvement Areas and other businesses to fund and commit to long-term graffiti removal contracts Ward-based graffiti strategies
  6. 6. 3. Support and Recognition for Permitted Graffiti Art and Other Street Art Legalization of graffiti art on buildings & structures with the owner’s permission A new Graffiti Panel Creation of StreetARToronto Program
  7. 7. 4. Creation of a Coordinating Graffiti Function Act as the central coordinating body for all graffiti- related matters across the City. Responsible for communications, benchmarking, achieving efficiencies and reporting on the status and success of all parts of the Plan. Ensure a consistent, accessible and consolidated approach across City divisions and with ABCCs, business and the general public.
  8. 8. Our Challenge
  9. 9. Changes to the Graffiti By-Law A new Graffiti by-law was enacted on January 1, 2012 which sets out important definition distinctions for graffiti:  Graffiti Vandalism  Graffiti Art
  10. 10. Graffiti Vandalism Any deliberate markings made or affixed on property that is not currently exempted and:  was made or affixed without permission of the owner;  is considered to be a tag;  for which there are reasonable grounds to believe that it may incite hatred or violence against any person or identifiable group; or  contains profane, vulgar or offensive language.
  11. 11. Tags A stylized signature or logo that is intended to identify an individual or group or any other marking used for a like purpose or effect. Considered to be illegal graffiti vandalism.
  12. 12. Art Mural A mural commissioned or approved prior to its creation by a property owner or occupant, where the primary purpose is to aesthetically enhance the surface it covers and the general surroundings.
  13. 13. Graffiti Art Markings made or affixed to property that are approved by the property owner or occupant, where the markings aesthetically enhance the surface they cover and the general surroundings, having regard to the community character and standards.
  14. 14. Graffiti Vandalism Graffiti style art that is made or affixed on a structure or thing without the permission of the owner. If the owner approves of the graffiti art, they may seek an exemption through the City.
  15. 15. Graffiti Panel A property owner can engage the Graffiti Panel, comprised of City staff with experience in the arts, urban design, architecture and other relevant disciplines, if they have given permission for a piece of graffiti art on their property and they believe it should be exempted from the by-law. The Graffiti Panel will use a set of criteria to determine if the art meets the character and standards of the community.
  16. 16. StreetARToronto As a mechanism to support property owners interested in preventing vandalism, and in response to the enormous creative potential for artistic expression in Toronto, the City of Toronto has launched StreetARToronto (StART).
  17. 17. StreetARToronto A public/private partnership program designed to increase opportunities for  neighborhood improvement  emerging and established artists  youth looking to develop and express their artistic abilities StART will provide grants to not-for-profit community organizations, with a focus on working with at-risk youth, to work with artists to install murals. Toronto Police Services partnership to operate diversion programs for youth arrested for graffiti vandalism through the court system.
  18. 18. StART - Promotion and Advocacy Enhanced web presence Inventory of mural and wall art throughout the city Directory of mural and graffiti artists in the city Creating social media sites that can start a serious dialogue on street art in Toronto Listing of educational opportunities and events related to street art and graffiti
  19. 19. StART – Diversion and Education Program Funding up to $20,000 for initiatives that:  Engage at-risk youth, or youth arrested for tagging or illegal graffiti activities and diverted through the Court System  Provide consistent programming for a minimum of a 4-month time period  Include a combination of some or all of the following tasks & activities: • Graffiti clean up and/or mural repair • Community engagement and development • Health and safety workshops related to street art • Other related skill development activities
  20. 20. Examples of Notable Local Work
  21. 21. Examples of Notable Local Work
  22. 22. Examples of Notable Local Work
  23. 23. Municipal Licensing & Standards Graffiti Management Team
  24. 24. Graffiti By-law Compliance Process Municipal Standards Officer reactively (complaint- driven) or proactively investigates graffiti incidents If item is determined to be graffiti vandalism, a Notice of Violation is issued If item is determined to be graffiti art, Graffiti Panel process is engaged Property owner is advised of compliance period Secondary investigation occurs If in compliance, file is closed. If not in compliance, process for remedial action begins
  25. 25. Graffiti Management Plan TeamTRANSPORTATION SERVICES, MUNICIPAL LICENSING & STANDARDSPUBLIC REALM Dave Twaddle, Manager, Beautiful  Lance Cumberbatch, Director, Streets Investigation Services   Jodi Callan, Project Lead, Graffiti  Gus Michaels, District Manager, Coordination Investigation Services   Lilie Zendel, Project Manager, StART  Fernando Aceto, Coordinator, Program Investigation Services  