Anti-graffiti Poster Contest Winners
Thursday, August 23rd 2007
The Downtown Business Association and the Graffiti Program Coordinator, Natalie Turner along with the Red Deer Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the anti-graffiti poster competition. Announcements will take place Thursday August 23, 2007 at St. Patrick's Community School at 2:45pm in front of the library entrance.
To increase awareness about graffiti crime, Graffiti Program Coordinator, Natalie Turner and Jenn Waters Teen Services Coordinator for the Red Deer Public Library put their heads together and created an anti-graffiti poster contest for kids ages 12-17.
Coincidentally, all three winners are students from the St. Patrick's Community School in grades six and seven. Teacher Jan Sopracolle and Vice Principal Denis Cote are very pleased and proud of the students. Contest submissions had clear messages and were very creative, making it difficult to choose winners.
Winners are: First - Tahani Peters, Second - Peyton Welch and Third - Mark Elopre
"As St. Patrick's school is often victimized by graffiti and other forms of vandalism it is great to see the children's imaginative and innovative messages in their anti-graffiti posters that express their concern for graffiti," says Natalie.
"My City" Mural
Thursday, August 16th 2007
(Red Deer, Alberta) - The Downtown Business Association, CiRS (Community Information and Referral Services) and the Downtown Business Association's Graffiti Control Program have partnered with local artist Justina Smith to create the "My City" mural located on the North end of the CiRS building at 4730 Ross Street.
The Graffiti Control Program coordinator, Natalie Turner and Dawna Barnes, Executive Director of CiRS, discussed available options to reduce the occurrence of graffiti vandalism on the CiRS building. Amongst other crime prevention designs, murals have been very successful in Red Deer and other communities in reducing graffiti vandalism proactively and simultaneously beautifying the community.
Through donations supplied by General Paint, Justina Smith has created a community inspired installation called "My City". With many favorite Red Deer landmarks placed amid vibrant colors and luscious surroundings it is a pleasure to look at and a fresh new addition to the CiRS building.
During the 2006 summer the Graffiti Control Program painted another mural, "the Game of Life" with the aim of deterring graffiti vandalism from a hard hit property, located in the same alley as CiRS. Since its inception the mural has remained graffiti free proving to be very successful for the property owner and tenants of the Ross Street Centre.
On Friday August 17, 2007 at 2pm the Graffiti Control Program and CiRS will be unveiling the "My City" mural located in the alley at the North end of 4730 Ross Street.