Members of the Convergence Project TAP met with city officials and local architects recently to discuss plans to construct a dedicated Graffiti Art Wall at the downtown De Vargas Skatepark. The goal of the art wall, spearheaded by Marissa Sanchez ’16, is to provide a designated space for creative collaboration among local youth/graffiti artists to bring more art into the Santa Fe community. Students will collaborate with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and the Santa Fe Arts Commission to brainstorm design ideas for the low half-circle wall that is intended to surround the bowl. The inside of the wall will be an ongoing canvas open to artists to freely create, with the understanding that their work is temporal. Conversely, the outside of the wall will host a series of long-term, rotating graffiti artworks; artists will go through an official application process to create these pieces.
This project is in the beginning stages, and the group will ultimately meet with Mayor Javier Gonzales to formally propose their ideas. The Convergence Project group meets every Thursday at Warehouse 21 with students from the Masters Program and Tierra Encantada to create fun activities and resources for the youth of Santa Fe.