March 17th, 18th, and 19th, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, join Mistr Tahti, a local graffiti artist, for three free workshops at the Neighborhood Resource Centre, located at 138 Gore St, during March Break. “The sessions are going to focus primarily on graffiti writing and wheat pasting. All artists and aspiring artists are welcome.” says Mistr.
“These foundational skills can be applied to more than just graffiti making. They will assist in expanding one’s capacity to work in other areas of the creative economy” says Jude Ortiz, lead researcher for NORDIK’s Graffiti Reframed project.
To end the week, Graffiti Reframed will be hosting a community booth at the Mill Market on Saturday March 21st from 10 am – 3 pm. The research aims to track changes in attitudes, knowledge, and behavior about graffiti– not just those creating graffiti, but the broader community as well. “We’ll be gathering people’s thoughts on graffiti, here as it is now, and as it could be” says Elizabeth Cooke, action researcher for the Graffiti Reframed project. “We’ll be presenting graffiti and street art from around the world to generate discussion about what can be developed here in Sault Ste. Marie” says Cooke.
Graffiti Reframed is a collaborative research project between the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie & District and NORDIK Institute, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The project brings together a diversity of people, including youth, and organizations to gain a broad based understanding of graffiti and investigates whether building artistic capacity impacts youth identity. It also creates opportunities for engagement and employment in the creative economy, fosters community pride, place-making and tourism opportunities. For more information go to: http://www.nordikinstitute.com/archives/project/graffiti-reframed-2