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Deer Park Neighborhood Association is showing the metro something positive can come from a paint can.
DPNA and Bancroft Street Market will host the second annual Abstract Concrete Graffiti Throwdown on Saturday, August 25 at the Bancroft Street Market (10th and Bancroft).
Hopeful urban artists submitted their past work to the Abstract Concrete Facebook page and facebook users can vote on their favorite artwork. The eight artists with the most likes will advance to the live throwdown on Saturday at the Bancroft Street Market.
Eight teams will artistically compete with jersey barriers at their canvases. Gates will open at 11:45 with the competition beginning at 12:30 p.m. Artists will have an hour and a half to complete their masterpieces while local musicians perform. Results will be announced by 3:00 p.m. with a cash prize from the Bancroft Street Market.
Abstract Concrete is just one element of Deer Park Neighborhood Association’s multifaceted programing to encourage young adults to use their artistic skills in a positive way. Last May, DPNA hosted “Universally Human,” a street festival dedicated to different avenues for young people to take that included a live graffiti demonstration that brought about 2,000 people to Deer Park’s historic Vinton Street.
DPNA works with local merchants to host community murals where students can get positive recognition for their work. They also hosted a youth mentorship program to teach individuals the business ethics and how to work with businesses. The Bancroft Street Market also offers opportunities for young adults to host gallery showings with their own work.
“Whether we call it graffiti or urban art, the fact remains our city has some serious and growing artistic talent,” said Oscar Duran, president of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association. “Abatement and enforcement are only two parts of an effective strategy; prevention and intervention strategies are also needed.”