Putting a spotlight on the ties between street art and the Phoenix community.
“When the group project was first introduced to us back in February, I racked my brain for ideas as I walked back to my car parked way off campus facing the Roosevelt Row District. I went through the silly to the actually doable ideas. While I was trekking, I was grasping for inspiration. I considered a piece on Why Cats Are the Superior Animal Species, then thought better of it as a project worth so much weight in grade points. My eye landed on this beautifully painted red building that stood out amongst the rest of the surrounding structures. I thought, 'yeah, architect would be a good idea. But do I want to do that for a website?' Then it struck me like a lightning bolt (not to be cliche, but really, it did). The epiphany was so loud I had to look around to see if anyone else noticed. They didn't. 'Of course,' I realized, 'it has to be on Graffiti art.' ” –Celia Prince
Thus began our adventure of learning about urban art and how it affects the community. We traipsed across the districts noting the locations of murals that caught our eyes. We sought and contacted the names of the artists that painted the walls of this city. We spoke with the artists and the owners of businesses to understand why the art is here. Through this project, we've all learned about the art culture of Phoenix and how it's played a role in the history of this city.
To connect and inform the local Phoenix community of the role Graffiti Art has had in shaping the city's culture is the heartbeat of our mission. We look at how the city's artists have brought together a community with the murals they've painted that cover the walls of the businesses we eat at, shop at, or the alleys we walk or run by everyday. The city's art has brought to life the heart of Phoenix and has found a way to unite the community. It's all around us and it is a part of us. That's why we are ASU Graffiti Gang!