Graffiti Art Activates Student Civic Engagement


Gordon Parks High School – Civic Engagement/Graffiti Art Saint Paul, MN: Forecast Public Art continued to develop Public Art in the Schools through their partnership with Gordon Parks High School, a partnership in it’s second year. In 2013 and 2014, the Mardag Foundation supported Forecast Public Art in a second and deeper iteration of a collaborative program model for arts residencies in the St. Paul Public Schools focused on experiential civic engagement in the arts with an emphasis on embedding municipal engagement and community-building experiences for youth into the arts. In this iteration, students and educators collaborated with graffiti artist and teaching artist Peyton Scott Russell.

Focusing on civic engagement in the arts, the project goal was to provide a collaboratively developed, cross-functional project through which young people could interact and connect with their communities, better understand the municipal infrastructure, investigate how and why public art is created, and participate in creating public art during the residency while deepening their understanding of and skill in public art.

 Read more about our process developing and implementing a Public Art residency with Gordon Parks High School:


Please contact Kirstin Wiegmann for more information. This project was funded by the Mardag Foundation.