Is Graffiti Art?

Art Appreciation Discussion

Using the piece above, we answered the following questions:

Fast Forward Magazine Article

"War on graffiti meets resistance" by Jeremy Klaszus (September 29th, 2005).

The article presented a very interesting viewpoint about graffiti – that the city is cracking down on businesses that open their walls to graffiti artists, even though this does not actually qualify as graffiti according to the city's definition.

Students answered the following questions after reading this article.

  1. Do you agree that graffiti hurts everyone? Why or why not?
  2. How much does the city spend in removing graffiti? It is a necessary expense?
  3. What is the fine for painting on public property without permission? Do you think it’s fair? Why or why not?
  4. Explain what is meant by “the city is contradicting itself”.
  5. Is it fair that the bill for cleaning up graffiti goes to the business owner? Why or why not.
  6. Why do you think the city charges the business owners for the clean up of graffiti, especially if the owner does not want the graffiti there?
  7. In your opinion, what should happen if businesses continue to get tagged?
  8. What is Urban Youth Worx? Do you agree with the program? Why or why not?
  9. How would “cultivating a positive youth culture” save a lot of tax dollars?
  10. Is Karen Hirl’s statement about graffiti spreading like cancer fair? Why or why not?
  11. Find out what “anarchist” means. Do you think it’s fair that graffiti is called by some people an “anarchist for of revolution”? Why or why not?


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