Launched in March 2003, the Graffiti Program helps us take a realistic view of the graffiti phenomenon among youth. The graffiti project has been able to respond to several needs expressed by the community.
The program is aimed at stopping graffiti-related damage to both public and private properties.
The Graffiti Program Team’s objective is to offer a strong and dynamic presence in Lachine borough in order to continue their intervention activities with graffiti artists and maintain joint action with community partners.
To promote change in young people’s attitudes, the facilitators, who are known and respected in the field, work with them in order to understand them better and be aware of the impact their gestures have on the community.
The Graffiti Team is constantly adapting to ever-changing urban realities in order to better understand the issues around graffiti. The four areas of intervention are awareness, activities, removal and reduction.
Many strategies have been developed to reduce illegal graffiti in the borough since the Graffiti Program was created, including legal walls at parks and the creation of frescoes and for other activities and events oriented towards graffiti artists. Graffiti lessons are also available by appointment.
Graffiti artists must be respectful of surroundings; i.e. maintaining the site, using waste bins for trash
Furthermore, the cooperation of residents and building owners is needed to keep our borough clean. A number of free services are available for removing graffiti and beautifying the environment.
The Graffiti Program has created a number of activities to stimulate teens’ creativity.
Workshops at the Neighbourhood Life Committee During the summertime, the Graffiti Program offers workshops for youth. Facilitators will educate them about the graffiti phenomenon and offer activities that promote their artistic talent. These one-hour workshops are free of charge and open to all Lachine residents ages 7 to 10.
Multimedia activities The Graffiti Program now offers computer-assisted multimedia activities. This activity is for urban/graffiti artists who want to take their talent to a new level. Youth ages 15-18 can participate free of charge in personalized workshops, by appointment only. Course material includes Adobe platforms (Photoshop/Illustrator), Internet and blogs, and other graphic design tools.
Drawing contest Make your mark in the right place!Each year, all the primary school pupils are invited to join 5th and 6th graders to learn about graffiti in their environment and participate in a drawing contest. This contest also serves as a catalyst to develop creativity through artistic expression. The Graffiti Team also wants to send a message to kids: choosing places to express themselves without creating a less pleasant environment for others.
Plus que des barbeaux exposition is presented every year at L’Entrepôt of complexe culturel Guy-Descary.