A just-formed nonprofit, the Urban Art Foundation, has come up with an inventive solution to fight cutbacks in arts education in the tristate area. It has arranged for prominent graffiti artists in town for the “Meeting of Styles”-something of the street-art field’s annual World Cup-to paint graffiti on New Jersey high school P.S. 15 at a fund-raiser this Saturday and Sunday.
The Urban Art Foundation is the brainchild of New York real estate developer Eric Granowsky, principal of KMG, who was dismayed that his own daughter’s school was phasing out arts education.
Artists from about a dozen countries will be given wall space at P.S. 15, which is located at 98 Oak Street in Paterson, N.J. One whole side of the school will be devoted to the project. Admission to the public is $15. Monies raised will go to fund arts programs in area schools.
As previously reported in The Observer, nearly 20 percent of New York City’s roughly 1,600 public schools still lack a certified art, music, theater or dance teacher.