Profile: Graffiti Art Programming Inc. (Winnipeg)

3 02 2012


kids-muralPhoto taken by Greg Hanec, used with permission from Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

Profile: Graffiti Art Programming Inc.
Status: Not-for-profit youth serving agency
Community served: Children, youth and young adults, First Nations and Newcomers
Arts focus: Graffiti Art Programming Inc. is a multi-faceted organization that operates and supports the four following programs, st.ART Project, Urban Canvas Project, Graffiti Gallery and the Commercial Division.

st.ART Project
The st.ART Project addresses the need for accessible education based art programming in Winnipeg’s core areas, by offering free after school art class’s to children, youth and young adults. Studios are located in Point Douglas, the North End and Downtown.
The st.ART Project currently operates 13 community art studios and provides an average of 33 art workshops per week, workshops include fashion designing, silk screening, hip-hop dancing, break-dancing, spoken word/urban writing, DJing, Aboriginal crafting, open art drawing/painting, photography and video producing.
In 2010, st.ART studios were visited over 12, 000 times, with participation numbers increasing by approximately 30% each year; as a result of new community partnerships. To ensure the st.ART Project is able to meet to the high demand of the increasing number of participation, GAP is continually researching and applying innovative strategies to locate the resources available to support the ever growing program.

Urban Canvas Project
The newly integrated Urban Canvas Project provides a unique opportunity to build pre-employment skills in the Painter-Decorator-Mural Art industry. The objective of UCP is to provide marketable labour skills that assist in securing employment in the Painter-Decorator-Muralist field.
This program has 12 placements available for youth between the ages of 18 to 32, and is designed to meet the needs of low-income Aboriginal, Inuit, Métis and non-status Aboriginal people, who have not had the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education because of social, economic, or cultural factors, lack of formal education, or geographical location.
The program involves a results-oriented and demonstrated skill development process and is supported by the Red Seal Apprenticeship Manitoba model. Currently there is a very high demand in this industry and the Urban Canvas Project is linked and driven to fill long-term skilled labour shortages in the Painting and Decorating Industry.
In 2011, the Urban Canvas Project has been revamped and redesigned from a one year commitment to a three year commitment. Every year committed to the program, the participant will receive a level of journeyman certificate; and in total participants can earn up to a level III journeyman certificate in Painter-Decorator-Mural Art industry.

Community Urban Art Gallery (Graffiti Gallery)
The Graffiti Gallery is located at 109 Higgins Avenue in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas Neighbourhood.  Graffiti Gallery is a venue that provides emerging and professional urban artists an opportunity to show, perform, promote, and sell their artwork. Although the organization is rooted in urban art, the Gallery has showcased many different styles and mediums, including photography, aboriginal art, performance art, collage, graffiti, and sculpture.
Graffiti Gallery is an accessible and ever-changing art space where Winnipeg comes together, to celebrate the urban art genre and the power of urban creativity.  The Graffiti Gallery hosts 6 – 8 shows per year, with an average of over 300 people per exhibit opening; there is no cost to attend exhibits at the gallery and only ask for a donation of a non-perishable food item to our food bank when attending an exhibit. The Gallery has over 3,000 visitors per year.
In 2006, the Graffiti Gallery partnered with The Forks to establish a satellite gallery, ‘JPEG’, at the new Skate Plaza. Works from Graffiti Gallery shows are circulated at the Skate Plaza making art accessible to over 4 million visitors annually.

Commercial Division
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. artists provide a high quality and professional art service for commercial businesses, community centers, schools and homeowners throughout the community.
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. believes in supporting local and emerging artists in generating income though the arts and provides the artist that opportunity when contributing in a community project. Our Commercial Director will help with some or all stages of the process, including locating artists, negotiating a contract or letter of agreement, and managing the process to final completion.

Our skilled and qualified commercial artists excel in these areas:
– Commissioned Murals
– Original Artwork – paintings, sculptures, art installations
– Craft Items – bookmarks, drums, masks, mini-shields, mini tee-pees etc.
– Reproductions – art cards, greeting cards and art prints
– Custom or Commissioned Paintings – on fabric, clothing, furniture, cars and canvas
– Graphic Design/Content – logos, website content, CD and book covers

Language(s): English
Location: 109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg Manitoba R3B 0B5
Mandate: Graffiti Art Programming Inc. is a not for profit community youth art center dedicated to the creation of a safe and accepting environment for the development of all forms of artistic expression, using art as a tool for community development, social change, and individual growth.
Main arts activities/projects: Please refer to the Arts focus section.
Contact: Jillian Ramsay, Programs Director
Phone number: (204) 667-9960
Address: 109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0B5

Submitted by Shannon Bunn, Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

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