University Centers is proud to present the Graffiti Art Park!

Eight double-sided, plywood billboards – that’s 16 huge canvases – are waiting for students’ artistic expression!

The Graffiti Art Park is the direct result of student and administration collaboration. Some students were disappointed when the graffiti that had covered every inch of a hallway and emergency exit in the Mandeville facility was painted over. The students wanted a place to express themselves, but the university had an obligation to provide a safe facility. It seemed only natural that University Centers, the student union with lots of space, could create a place that would address the needs and interests of both the students and the university. The University Centers Advisory Board was supportive of the idea, so University Centers and Student Life began working with students from AS to advance the project.

A visit to Writerz Blok in southeast San Diego inspired the group and provided the foundation for building and managing a graffiti park. University Centers drafted designs in collaboration with UCSD student Kyle Heiskala. Kyle took lead on the project and pitched the idea to the Campus Planning team and the Open Space Committee, which ultimately approved the project as a pilot for the space at the Student Center.

University Centers is the administrative unit in charge of managing the Graffiti Art Park; however, it’s the students who will develop the norms and expectation for the Art Park. Kyle worked with students to develop an initial set of guidelines for using the park. It’s a pilot project, but we hope it becomes a permanent fixture on campus, so take a look at the guidelines… and start painting!

The ideas and thoughts expressed in the Graffiti Art Park do not necessarily represent the students nor the university. The Art Park is self-policed by the students, and boards are painted a solid color at the start of each quarter to allow for fresh pieces to be created.

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