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Graffiti Stories: From Dark Alleys to Bright Futures

Catalogue Number:  PBP001
Producer:  Prairie Boy Productions
Producing Agencies:  Prairie Boy Productions
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Music, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  29:22

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Local Rapper and Host Ismaila Alfa discovers urban youth who find their passion and legitimacy in urban art. This is the story of a Winnipeg organization, Graffiti Art Programming and Gallery, that began using graffiti as a seed for change, giving young people a voice and using urban art to discover who they are. Stephen Wilson brought his idea for a graffiti gallery into reality, taking the art from illegal to legal. He learned that graffiti was part of a revolutionary sub-culture called hip hop, with its own language, fashion and music. The four elements of hip hop - Rappers, hip hop musicians, break dancers, and graffiti artists - became the pillars of the after-school program at the Graffiti Gallery.

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