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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 03:40 PM

Senior Graffiti Artists Shatter Every Aging Stereotype, One Street At A Time

A Portuguese initiative to help bridge the gap between generations is getting senior citizens involved in the community in a very unique way. LATA 65 is an urban creative art workshop set up primarily for older people. Lisbon has a major street art scene and the program was set up to help the seniors not only understand and embrace street art, but also to help shatter stereotypes of both young and old.

"People worldwide are not used to seeing seniors painting in the streets or even thinking they could be interested in urban art or trying it," program founder Lara Rodrigues told The Huffington Post in an email.

Rodrigues says the program has encouraged seniors to get involved in the arts while also helping them understand the meaning behind the graffiti they see around the city. So far, over 100 seniors have participated, ages 63 to 94, and the workshops will continue.

If the art is any proof, the participants are clearly enjoying themselves. "I often say that the spray can has something magical I can not explain," Rodrigues says. "Everyone likes to experiment and the elderly are no exception." Just goes to show, you're never too old.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/29/senior-graffiti-lisbon_n_7471078.html

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 03:52 PM

1. Don't know about you, but I've been doing street art since I was about ten...

... I suppose if I took chalk to wall now, I'd be breaking senior stereotypes, too.

I wonder when people (not you, understand, I mean the media and the politicians) are going to figure out that the Seniors of today were the "Dirty Hippie Freaks" of yesteryear?

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 04:23 PM

3. Heh!

Not quite there yet, too young to have been a hippie by a bit.

While I did my share of tagging, Street Art as its evolved all over the world is a fairly new interest of mine. The idea that it could bridge any kind of age gap fascinates me

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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 03:53 PM

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