Christine Brunner is heading up a very unique project in Dayton and is bringing Graffiti Camp to Dayton. She says she ” got the idea when my love for Graffiti and my life as a mom of a young artist overtook me via social media one day, and I stumbled upon some articles about a classically trained painter from Ohio who has since moved to the San Francisco area, and she is becoming FAMOUS for her “Graffiti Camp for Girls” concept.”
She sent a blind invitation to Nina Wright, also known as GirlMobb, to someday come bring her camp to Dayton, who wrote back and said she coming to Cincinnati! In December! She then worked really hard and pounded the pavement and got a local University program to say yes, started making plans, only to be nixed by facilities management as they turn the heat OFF in the buildings during the winter break. So the thought was reschedule camp for next summer. But then the owners of Yellow Cab Tavern, art supporters and hosts of such diverse activities as a regular Poetry Slam, Tai Chi, the Day of the Dead Parade, and many classes, concerts and activities, have agreed to host the camp this December 26-28, 2017!
Graffiti Camp gives girls a creative opportunity to enhance their public art skills. Over the course of a week the participants, who range in age from 12 to 17, learn the basics of using spray paint and then work together to collaboratively conceive of, and paint, their own mural. The teaching artists provide creative counsel, image planning, an understanding of tools and application, and safety precautions necessary to use these tools and materials. The sessions have already been a hit, with girls flying in from across the country to participate and Girl Mobb being asked to bring the lessons to other cities. Participants will be nominated by local middle/high schools, must be Dayton residents, team players, and into ART.
So now the race is on to raise the needed funding for the camp: transportation for Ms. Wright, lunches and snacks for the group, tarps and materials, 40-50 cans of paint, drawing supplies, water and beverages, a little nosh for the Unveiling, and some printing of flyers. A Go Fund Me campaign is now live with the goal to raise $1500. This project will live in perpetuity, open to the public, in the 2 restrooms at Yellow Cab Tavern.
Yellow Cab Tavern has also offered an outside wall of their building for Graffiti Camp 2.0 when the weather turns, and Nina Wright has agreed to return…any funds collected over the amount will be banked towards the NEXT session.