As part of a $10,000 Graffiti Prevention Micro-Grant awarded to The Uptown Association by the City of Minneapolis, there will be special guests present at this year’s Art Fair. Participants from “Operation Black Book”—a graffiti prevention program—will create live, personalized works of art. Professional artists from Intermedia Arts and Juxtapostion Arts, in association with the YWCA, Calhoun Square, and the Uptown Association, created “Operation Black Book” to educate youth about the harmful ramifications of illegal graffiti, while providing a creative outlet for artists to express themselves. The program consists of a series of three seminars focusing on the construction of “black books”—collections of drawings that graffiti artists share amongst themselves and use to display their work.
The Uptown Art Fair is excited to have select participants from “Operation Black Book” at this year’s fair. Look for these dynamic artists in Calhoun Square on Saturday, August 2, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, August 3, from noon – 4 p.m., alongside Tomorrow’s Stars Seen Today participants. In exchange for a small fee, attendees can have their names drawn, graffiti-style. Take home a personalized work of art created just for you!