This lovely co-ed chose to write her paper about our non-profit at the University of Oregon. We are proud, we are seen, we will continue to strive to hit the marks that she sees as areas to improve and we couldn't be more proud.
February 4, 2017
Off The Wall Graffiti
Idea/Purpose/Outcome Guiding the Program & What the Program Is/Does:
The program is a non-profit organization culminated upon the idea of fostering a legal space for youths, ages 10-25, to express themselves creatively ...
Student artists in residence program at the house is something of an experiment breeding educated artists with full fledged self-esteem.
This lovely young lady accepted our invite to come live with us in July of 2016. She had already lived with me once before working on her life when she was 18, now she was 20 and her life still needed a push. Her desire was to finish high school, as I would say, the real high school. The adults around her were saying "just get the HISET plus and move on". The HISET is the modified GED. I knew her ego too well and knew ...
This letter will propose to the cities of Los Angeles an inspirational adjustment to the approach to graffiti abatement. One that creates a web of well educated artists and designers ready to give back to society and remain loyal to Los Angeles. Why should we adjust anything to begin with and what's at stake if we don't?
The city has spent in excess of 7 million dollars re-painting over graffiti and has for in excess of ten years. In other words, the city has spent 7 million dollars annually creating new canvas for the thousands of young underserved artists to express ...
There are cracks in the drywall of our headquarters as we strive to build a solid foundation upon which our figurative spawn will stand to create and make art and change their lives. The cracks come from the stress of combining so many elements under one roof but it’s a 1943 tract home that has been designed with wire mesh inbetween it’s walls to withstand the shakes, twists and slams that a home gets, in order to keep it’s family safely sleeping at night.
Even when those nights end at day. Even when those nights have characters coming and going, trying to front for ...
Maybe one of our guys will tell a truth in their own way in the streets so that society hears it loud and clear that they came to make change. Maybe one of our guys will travel the world painting murals and selling internationally. Maybe someone will put plexiglass over one of our kid’s art and call his building more valuable. I am not in support of vandalism, but I do see the art of expression coming to fight the good fight and I am okay with it.
How to tell the right story when there are so many versions and variations. We will tell the truth as we experience it.
A week takes us from fancy to the emergency room, while Running Off The Wall.
A common thread amongst our artists is an estranged relationship to and with their biological fathers.
Volunteerism happens with people who make their living elsewhere and volunteer outside that realm – we are the structure to which that volunteer would come, but we need support for the structure.
The qualities of leadership that are needed to guide change are often the same of a highly involved parent. The kind who knows the friends and parents of all their kids and whether or not homework was assigned over the holiday. The ones who know the slang and aren't afraid to drop it in opportune times when questioning how did you get that paint? Did you "rack it?" The looks and reactions tell the whole story.
The world that our "kids" live in is colorful, dynamic, active and absolutely normal, while often colliding with dysfunction and horrible parenting. It's a wonder ...