Over the weekend, street artists from around the world convened at P.S. 14 in Paterson, New Jersey, for the “Meeting of Styles.” The two-day graffiti jam filled the walls of the school with vibrant murals and also served as the official launch of the Urban Art Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and decriminalizing street art. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Sumathi Reddy described the fledging group as “an ACLU for those charged with grafitti-related crimes,” with plans to raise funds, marshal legal resources, and attempt to gain landmark status for some of New York City’s street art masterworks. The Urban Art Foundation intends to operate as a nonprofit organization. “We want to decriminalize art and at the same time promote it for future generations,” co-founder Craig Dershowitz told the WSJ.
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