I first came across this website back in Spring 2008 as part of my Thesis research topic. I liked the the site more after doing observations at Chicago Academy HS because one of the students was a big time young graffiti Artist. The art teacher acknowledge his mastery by giving him space to do or use his art to express himself in some of his class projects.
Who? And when?
Artcrimes is an online was started back in May 1994 by Susan Farrell with images from Prague and Atlanta, she went public later that year in September. From then until 2005 Susan worked with a professional photographer, Brett Webb who help to things off the ground.
Giving Props/Recognition to Artists from the Fringes:
This is street art, the artists may not all be from fine arts schools or colleges and so forth( this is based on this information I have gathered from researching for this presentation). Bringing elements of this art into the school would be a way to give recognition to Graffiti Artists also.
In most cities its illegal to do graffiti, but Susan felt that it was necessary to find spaces/wall for it because it is a fascinating art from. I share on that idea because this is another form of Art, but since it is from the “fringes” its has not been accepted by the mainstream culture.
. . . but what else is possible with this Art form?
A direct talk about Cultural IDs
Talking about the idea of “deference” when it comes to children of immigrants, D. A. Yon, in his book “Elusive Culture”, refers to the fact that these kids are from two worlds, one ancestral the other the current status as young Americans whose parents are immigrants. This art work gives room for exploring ideas about their views and experiences with cultural identity (ethnicity, race, gender, cultural) and ideas about Home.
SocioPolitical Conversations though Art-making:
This art from is also rich with interpretations of the world as the artists see it, so this site can also help in allowing students to talk about their interpretations of society, how they view for example, the school. . . This is right up there with spoken work poetry.
The ongoing project …
The project is dependant on volunteer efforts and collaborations. It has now become an international network of graffiti artists, the work is divided into “Crews” or artists clubs. The artists support this cite out of pocket and through donations and other sales such as T-shirts and Murals, tattoos and other forms of art.
The artists names and emails of the artists are on the site along with their work. . . . Go to: