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Do you think graffiti is art?

Asked at Checkers Foods on Louisiana St. on August 10, 2014

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Photo of Jonathan Carlisle

“Depends where it is.”

Photo of Merlene McCormick

“Sometimes. The stuff on bridges, where kids just write a name, I do not think is art.”

Photo of Mike Vineyard

“Yeah. ”

Photo of Moneiqa DiPierro

“It can be. ”


Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 9 months ago

Of course it is art. You know, we could argue about the quality of the art on display at the art museum on campus. Some of it looks pretty bad to me. Creative expression should be encouraged.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 9 months ago

I've been waiting at a crossing for a train to pass and have seen some pretty impressive art, but many are just their names, done in the same ole, same ole style as the next guy. I appreciate the ones that really are creative, but just writing your name using the same sort of lettering that other taggers use is not my definition of creativity. I have been to Philadelphia where they have chandelled the taggers into many beautiful murals. Those are awesome.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you so much for the link, Dorothy. The art is indeed wonderful and I am going to get their book. I found this little bit of information of their site that I think is really interesting.

"399 inmates and Youth in residential placement centers engaged in Restorative Justice. 66% of ex-offenders return to prison within three years of their release. Through 2011, only 10% of re-entry workers employed by Mural Arts re-offended within a year of their release."

I do wish we could do this here in Lawrence. It could make a difference in lives here also.

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