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Executive Committee as of December 2005

Roy Mitchell

Dyan Marie

Abigail Godfrey

Jose Simao

Festival Co-ordinator
Rebecca Peirson

Bike Path:
Bruce Ward

Ann Homan

Carmen Martino

Community outreach:
Roy Mitchell,
Fred Knittel

Local Development:
Kevin Beaulieu

Green Here:
Andrea Dawber

Breath Here:
Allison & Bruno

Dyan Marie

Adam Giambrone
Brian Green
Noel Harding
Jim Melvin
Public Nature
Richard Rhodes
Don Schmitt
Eva-Marie Stern
Guy Walter
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Email Monitor:
Janice Andrews

Stephen Marie-Rhodes

Regarding G

raffiti: The question begs - why do they do it?

An interesting essay on graffiti by Sarah Giller

"The power of the artistic image is irrefutable".

In being denied access to the sources of artistic production and
distribution, marginalized groups have been systematically denied
the power of self-expression the image provides."

Espousing self-chosen identities, urban youth use graffiti to
reclaim and transform the denied space closest to them, the
neighborhoods and communities which surround and shape their lives.
Employed by those with few avenues for formal arts training and
production open to them, graffiti is a visual means of resisting the
privatization of public space. These "parasitic" art forms
create "openly contested terrains." In "bombing" as many sites as
possible with one's chosen identity, graffiti is art attacking
architecture, the marginalized attacking the mainstream.

In painting your name on a "public" space, graffiti writers
symbolically take possession of that which society has made
inaccessible to them. Simply stated, name plus place equal
possession. In reappropriating an urban built environment engulfed
by skyscrapers and privatized spaces, graffiti is a declaration of
identity and an assertion power. In the middle of spaces that have
excluded them, graffiti empowers the marginalized to inscribe signs
of their own.

Despite its ability to allow the silenced to speak, graffiti is
officially considered a form of social deviance. Since the inception
of graffiti, government officials and citizens alike have viewed
graffiti as a disrespectful and demoralizing sign of decay...

To read more of the essay go to:

A few years ago the Galleria parking lot had flocks of pigeons, then flocks of pigeons and seagulls but now it has only seagulls, does anyone know why the pigeons are gone?

Why was the playground removed from the west end of Wallace Emerson Park?