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A reception will be held during the Gallery Hop on Friday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the conclusion of the !POWAR! pilot program to use student art to counter graffiti and gang activity. The reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at 526 N. Liberty Street. The public is invited.

!POWAR! (People of Winston-Salem Art Reclamation Program) is a program to use public art to fight graffiti and raise awareness of gang activity. A pilot program was held during the summer after East Ward Council Member Derwin L. Montgomery held meetings with local artists to come up with creative ways to fight graffiti.

During the pilot program, nine students age 11-15 worked with artist Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet to create a “mobile” mural on sailcloth that will be used to introduce the program to schools, corporations and organizations. The students also created a gang-prevention coloring book that will be printed and distributed to local schools.

The mobile mural, panels from the coloring book and other student art will be displayed during the reception.

Plans call for expanding the program to 30 students next year and creating murals in three neighborhoods. Property owners who are interested in making their building available for a mural should contact Mylet at 407-8007.

Pilot funding for the !POWAR! program was provided by Winston-Salem Foundation through Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. Union Baptist Church provided space and meals for students in the pilot program. Also assisting the !POWAR! pilot were the staff from various city departments, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority, the Fourth Street Filling Station, and Mike Coe.

Feel the !POWAR! flier to print [pdf] 

For more information about !POWAR! call CityLink at 727-8000.


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