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Graffiti Unites Press Release

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: Graffiti Unites Press Release
From Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:00 am to Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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Staten Island, NY – Dennis McKeon of Where To Turn, a nonprofit community support group, and Charlie Balducci of NYC Arts Cypher , a nonprofit organization that celebrates art through positive values and entertainment, have combined their creative talents and resources to host a combined community clean up and graffiti arts exposition day. On Saturday Nov. 7, 2009 at Rossville Ave and Woodrow Rd (in the Woodrow shopping center parking lot), this event will kick off at 9 am and run until about 5 pm and is free of cost and open to the public. This event is an opportunity for two groups, the local community and graffiti artists to meet on common ground to clean up the past and to showcase an increasingly accepted form of art for the future.

“Graffiti is a problem for some and art for others. I created this project to bring together these two groups so that everyone sees there is more than one way to view things,” said Thomas Joyce, the project originator. “This is also an opportunity for everyone in the community to choose to take action. The community comes together to not only clean up the past, but the artists get to be acknowledged and known as artists, not criminals. Kids also get the opportunity to see that they have choices in life and there is also the opportunity for business owners to mentor the youth.” This event was first created as a community project for the Self Expression and Leadership Program which is a course offered by Landmark Education, an international training and development company.

Other contributing sponsors include Sunset Pizzaria, Pio Hot Bagels, Dora Homes and Shamrock Paints. Program participants include community members, the 123rd precint, and local at risk youth. To volunteer, please contact Thomas Joyce at 917-596-2376.
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