Some graffiti of Setik.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
|Graffiti in Harlem, New York|
NEW YORK— Street art, teetering as it has been for the last decade between crime and high-end gallery cash crop, has taken another step toward establishing itself as a legal, rarefied art form. This past weekend saw the launch of the Urban Art Foundation, which styles itself as an ACLU for graffiti-related criminal charges, offering financial backing and legal representation for those arrested for tagging city streets. It also hopes to procure landmark status for some of New York’s finest covertly-made works and promote the art form in public schools.
The group went public at a "Meeting of the Styles" at P.S. 15 in Paterson, New Jersey, a "Warriors"-style congregation of international graffiti stars, who came together to raise money for the nascent organization. Participants included such intriguing-sounding spray-painters as Eyesor, Madhatter, Herm Life, and Ms. Bless. Over the course of the day they decorated a wall of the school and offered spray-painting lessons and other art-related activities for children.
Real estate developer Eric Granowsky conceived of the idea for the new foundation, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, after he was frustrated by the downsizing of arts programming at his daughter's school — a sad trend in New York City’s public schools, 20 percent of which lack a certified art, music, theater, or dance teacher.