16th Annual Graffiti Arts Festival
If past years of the Urban Youth Arts Festival are any indication, over 2,000 square feet of portable wall space will be open for artists of all ages to express themselves on with free paint, brushes, even aerosol paint cans at Precita Park.
The 2012 Urban Youth Arts Festival is in its 16th year of bringing out the walls, recycled from year to year, to complement a lineup full of performance artists, musicians, spoken word lyricists, poetry slammers and break dancers. There’s also skateboard deck painting and a kids art area for the smallest among the urban youth.
For 2012 the event will also featured free grub, likely a BBQ from a local restaurant, with free water and sodas as well.
16th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival
July 21, 2012 (1p-6p)
Precita Park (Precita Ave. & Alabama St.), SF
– Live Music & DJs
– Youth skate competition
– Skate deck painting
– Stencil Station
The Precita Eyes Mural Center puts on the event. Every year 200 to 300 people show up and organizers think that it’s a good way to keep kids out of trouble–given the 200 cans of aerosol paint that are used to make art on the walls, instead of tags on public spaces.
Extra incentive: the best art pieces are kept and shown throughout the year at galleries. The city’s Parks & Rec Dept even gave them their blessing this year by absorbing the cost of the permits.