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NYC – Graffiti or School Art ?

One of many things that make a city unique is its ability to allow young artists an opportunity to demonstrate their talents. I often stop during my walks to notice the schools and playground walls… always a colorful message to be seen and read.


Peace Wall - NYC

Peace Wall – NYC

Harlem Peace Wall

The Harlem Peace Wall mosaic mural at the Jacob H. Schiff Playground in Harlem, New York,was created in 2005 based on artwork submitted by youth from around the world. Designed to build bridges of cultural understanding and to encourage youth to become active participants in shaping their future, the 213 foot long project involved over 1,000 community volunteers, led by artist Peter Sis and artist fabricator Dakota Warren.

These murals are located a bit of a distance on the upper west side –  Amsterdam Avenue at  west 138th Street.  An added treat is that they are opposite the city college, which in itself is a work of art.


Here is a slide show of some of the Peace Wall  panels;


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CITYarts currently has four Peace Walls around the world in Harlem, New York,  United States, Berlin,  Germany, Karachi,  Pakistan, Jaffa,  Israel, and London, U.K.


The following is but a sample of other playgrounds and schools that prominently display  student art.


Photos : east 118th street, west 138th street and Riverside Park


One comment on “NYC – Graffiti or School Art ?

  1. My favorite post of yours, so far. Love the art, love the motivation behind it!


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