Streetcraft: where street hustlers and tag bangers become creative economy entrepreneurs

submission by jonathan mooney

Organization Name

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Streetcraft LA

Website

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www.streetcraftla.com

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Income & Employment

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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July 13, 2012, The Los Angeles Times Business section: “Recession Erases 2.7 Million Youth Jobs, Widens Employment Gap.” If we didn’t know this already, the headline of the article reminds us that youth unemployment is one of the largest social issues facing Los Angeles. The current unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds is 16.5% -- double the national 8.2%. More than 2 in 10 Latino youth are jobless, while 3 in 10 black youth are unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Most of us—do-gooders, funders, policy makers—assume that the answer to youth unemployment is pretty straight forward: hope the economy gets better and provide kids training and education to help them get jobs when it does. Streetcraft LA has a different approach to youth unemployment. We don’t provide education and training to help young people get jobs. We provide education and training to empower youth to create their own jobs.

Streetcraft empowers low income, at risk, and unemployed youth to improve their economic future through creative economy entrepreneurship. Don’t get the wrong idea—we are not talking about lemonade stands or bake sales. We especially support youth in building creative sector small businesses in three categories: apparel, design, and creative services. Why is this our strategy? Entrepreneurship and the creative economy are the future. The factories are closed, pensions are dead, and design studios are hiring freelancers. And this self-made creative economy is a natural fit for our kids. Streetcraft kids have a lot of creative capacity, energy and hustle that is being misapplied as graffiti on, well, the side of your building.

How do we help kids create their own jobs in the creative economy? Streetcraft LA’s approach to launching creative micro-ventures is a three-step model we call engage, partner, launch. First, we engage youth misapplying their creative capacity through graffiti in a training and youth development program we call The Streetcraft Crew. Crew is a yearlong program taught by well-known street artists that empowers at-risk kids to see themselves as artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Crew functions not only as a positive intervention in the life of at risk youth but functions as a Streetcraft human resources department sourcing the true talent that is ready for step two, a formal paid apprenticeship in Streetcraft LA's retail platform and design studio.

Streetcraft LA operates a retail store in Los Angeles that showcases collaboratively designed and produced products and original apparel. Youth are formal partners in this social venture working with Streetcraft’s lead designer to design custom furniture and original apparel such as hoodies, lids, and t-shirts. Over a one-year period, Streetcraft partners are exposed to the product design process including market research, sales, marketing and promotion, distribution platforms and retail management through both direct instruction by industry professionals and experiential learning. Streetcraft partners are paid and also receive a percentage of all sales. Streetcraft partners are also required and supported to complete high school and attend relevant higher education while enrolled.

After a year partnership, Streetcraft youth enter a process to launch their own creative micro enterprise. Youth can choose to enter a business planning process in one of three creative sectors: apparel, product design, and creative services. Youth are paired with industry mentors and attend lectures on product development, market analysis, financing and organization development. At the conclusion of the year planning process, youth pitch their venture to a group of funders including banking partners such as Wells Fargo.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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Streetcraft LA is a new social venture of the South Bay Center for Community Development (SBCC). SBCC is a long-standing non-profit organization that has been working to empower low-income communities in the greater Los Angeles area since 1976. SBCC has a long history of being one of those do-gooders that operates job-training programs to mitigate unemployment. The organization’s career pathway programs have been recognized by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a national best practice and were awarded a Everychild grant (one of the most competitive grants in LA) to apply its model to unemployed at risk youth. In addition, the organization founded the Urban Teacher Fellowship, an initiative that moves underrepresented groups into the teaching profession funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and The Promo Pathway, a career pathway funded by The James Irvine Foundation and recognized by The Aspen Institute as a national best practice. In doing this work, however, we came to believe that job training wasn’t good enough. We needed to train entrepreneurs who can create their own jobs. So a team of us launched Streetcraft LA as a related, but autonomous social venture to train and incubate youth-led micro ventures.

Streetcraft is currently testing its core components and theory of change in a proof of concept pilot state funded the James Irvine Foundation. Guided by our board of directors, the focus of this planning stage was to test three assumptions critical to our model: marginalized youth engaged in graffiti culture or other illicit entrepreneur activities have talents that can be re-directed; a process of engagement can be created including partnerships with public systems and community based social networks; and youth’s talents can be monetized and professionalized. Streetcraft has piloted its model with 50 Streetcraft fellows, referred through probation and other community-based networks, who went through a work based contextualized learning experience and developed products for a retail store located on main street, Santa Monica. During this pilot period 100% of participants completed the pilot and 85% percent increased their annual income by 50%.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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Streetcraft has a number of strategic partners. First, we will work the public and social sector to refer youth into the program. Future referral partners will be youth development community based organizations seeking career opportunities for marginalized young people such as the boys and girls club, home boys INC. and other CBOs. In addition, Streetcraft is currently partnering with the department of probation to receive a court-mandated placement for youth arrested for graffiti.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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Streetcraft has identified metrics to measure impact. To measure participant level economic impact, we will track participants’ earned income through product sales and micro venture profits. To measure personal and professional skill development we will administer pre/post assessments of basic skills, personal resiliency (University of Pennsylvania GRIT assessment) and professional skills (adobe certification). To measure community level impact, specifically decreases in graffiti, unemployment, and illicit street activities, we will work with local law enforcement to measure localized arrests for graffiti, calls for local graffiti “clean up,” arrests for drug dealing, and local unemployment rates collected by the State Department of Labor.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

Only 25% of participants in most job training programs increase their annual wages (Jobs for the Future). Over 85% of Streetcraft youth triple their annual income. Within five years Streetcraft will spread this impact throughout Los Angeles county, becoming a countywide initiative with retail hubs in 20 locations working with over 20,000 young people a year. These retail hubs will house our engagement programming, apprenticeships, and provide a commercial marketplace for products designed by streetcraft artists as well as engage 1000 students a year. Our engagement programming will reduce graffiti and illicit street enterprises; the apprenticeship program will increase youth’s annual income and provide concrete technical skills and work experience; and the micro venture program will increase the annual income of students by 50%. Finally, communities where streetcraft hubs are located will see youth unemployment decrease by 5%.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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Streetcraft’s vision for success in 2050 is ambition: reduce youth unemployment through creative economy entrepreneurship by 25% in Los Angeles. It’s imperative that we achieve this. Youth unemployment has long term and systemic consequences. Unemployed youth face lifelong diminished economic and social opportunity. Communities with high youth unemployment have higher crime rates and have higher rates of birth out of wedlock. And a country with high youth un-employment suffers. The tax base erodes. Civic engagement and trust in government decreases. And entitlement programs become unsustainable. It’s not a pretty picture; it is an issue that we must solve now, and Streetcraft LA can lead the way.

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by thomas4loans
6 months ago

This program rocks ... Please support

by drizzysbabyj
over 1 year ago

There are great things happening here...

by aguayod75
over 1 year ago

Amazing program...

by jose.aguayo.395
over 1 year ago

There should be more programs that encourage iur youth the way that thusis prigram does

by julieta.conde12
over 1 year ago

Supporting streetctaft!!!!

by Brebre1991
over 1 year ago

This is a great program. It gives teenageers the opportunity to have a carreer using their creativity. Good Job!

by miguelito03
over 1 year ago

Street Craft builds upon the skills the youth already have...what an amzaing opportunity!

by tjuarez
almost 3 years ago

Street craft is amazing!!!

by Paola Tirado
almost 3 years ago

STREETCAR is absolutely the BEST and provides great opportunities for youth in Wilmington! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

by monica.houston.351
almost 3 years ago

I support Street Craft

by whenwewereinvannuys
almost 3 years ago

Street Craft is a great program that empowers the youth in the community to use their gifts and talents!!

by Lopez_maye@yahoo.com
almost 3 years ago

Street Craft is a bomb program that does empowering work in the community of Wilmington!!! Inspiring graff artists to use their legit skills in successful careers to better their future!!! Absolutely amazing, keep up the great work and best of luck!

by gabby bradley
almost 3 years ago

The program had a positive impact in Wilmington!!

by aalvara620
almost 3 years ago

Streetcraft is a wonderful program for artists. Keep it up, Streetcraft ! You always have my supports.

by traigiacali
almost 3 years ago

I just heard that Streetcraft now has product selling at the Santa Monica Pier...how cool! If I were a young artist, I would definitely want to get connected to this opportunity.

by RGoldberg
almost 3 years ago

Terrific program for young artists that want to use their art as an expression of themselves and learn how to market their work.

by ninah
almost 3 years ago

I like the idea of youth becoming paired with industry mentors to learn aspects centralized around "product development, market analysis, financing," which ultimately assist with their professional development.

by le.nancy25
almost 3 years ago

This is a wonderful program for the young people allowing them to express themselves artistically.

by Jeana Marie
almost 3 years ago

The StreetCraft artists are very passionate about their work. I was very impressed with their products. It is indeed a life changing program for the talents.

by Fsoliman
about 3 years ago

This is one thing that I'm so happy about, because is for the youth which is a very important group in our society because they are the next generation. Go Streetcraft!!!

by Paola Tirado
about 3 years ago

As a parent of teenagers I think this is a great program for youth in an area that doesn't generally offer to many opportunities for our kids other than jail. Through this program youth realize that they can utilize their talent in a positive way and make a living with it. This can be utilized as a stepping stone for youth that may actually want to use their talent and make it into a career. I have attended the functions and bought some of their art work and I luved watching the faces of those kids as people actually light bought their art work :-). That was priceless and this artwork serves as a reminder for my own kids to use their own talents in a creative way too! Thank you for that !!

by etrnmntbella
about 3 years ago

Mad props to an awesome program for young ambitious street graff artists that helps them develop their art, get recognized, and learn how to create a carreer out of their street skills! No haters allowed, all positive vibes & support for these young people...my luv to the graff world & programs like Streetcraft that support Urban Art and our youth!!!

by junitanac
about 3 years ago

ALLL THEY DID WAS GIVE JOBS 2 STAFF
NONE OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urban Arts Crew , a program of SBCC, is a creative, skills-building program for youth ages 16-21 who want to explore the various genres of Urban Art and gain the skills needed to enter the creative economy of Los Angeles. A eight-month program, the Urban Arts Crew curriculum is divided into three components: 1. Get up, Get Known….Say Something - 3 month process to enhance urban art skills and convey a message. The youth will use artistic tools such as paintbrushes, cans, markers and wheat pasting. Youth will receive an introduction to digital arts and design thinking and will have the opportunity to have their work placed on billboards in the city. The Mural created for the PromaxBDA conference is one of the youths’ projects from the “Get up, Get Known…Say Something” phase of the program. 2. Where Are You From? - 2 month project designed to improve the youths’ skills in filming, editing, and production. Youth will create short films in teams by documenting their neighborhood and social environment. Professional filmmakers and editors will instruct the youth to develop their technical skills. The finished films will be showcased at an AMC Movie Theatre screening. 3.Get Paid - 3 month project focused on understanding advertising and marketing. Youth will develop their own clothing line, create logos, and learn the significance of branding. Merchandise created will be sold online and in local stores. Youth will transition from being a consumer to a creator! The Urban Arts Academy was started 3 years ago to engage at risk youth in Wilmington who were taggers, tag-bangers and in gangs to give them a positive and productive outlet using graffiti arts. These youth have continued to learn various elements of graffiti and have completed murals within Wilmington and South Los Angeles. The youth are highly skilled and attend a formal training program developing their artistic, graphic design and editing skills. These youth are ready and willing to give back with their talents and provide a service, and become productive citizens, and show what they have learned in the past 3 years. Urban Arts Printing is one of the services that this youth will be providing. Urban Arts Printing will be dedicated to promoting positive reinforcement for our current youth in the Urban Arts Academy, as well as providing a service to the community, partners, and other businesses in the local area. Our youth are capable of designing, and producing quality images, and screen prints to perform excellent service to our clients. This business will be an outlet, and will also provide an income for our young people. We will work hard to build a reputation in the community, and with our clients. We will have the capacity to design logos, and images for shirt designs; we will also produce the screening on the shirts, whether it would be in mass or low production levels. This service will all be provided at competitive rates, which will put us in the market to contend with some of the more productive companies in the area. We will be screen printing such product as shirts, and sweaters in a two color design, meaning a background color of the selected material, and another color for the design. As we continue to grow we will move into producing more apparel, and accessories such as hats, bags, and shoes. Our ultimate goal is to have a screen printing business covering all market needs. With our future goals we will also create a website that will allow the client to create their own custom designs, and place orders online. Urban Arts Printing is an exciting new venture, and will take Urban Arts Academy to new heights “This program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.” “Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please call (1-800-735-2922) or TTY (1-877-735-2929) at least 72 hours prior to event.”

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?P L E A S E READ DONT VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NONE OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urban Arts Crew , a program of SBCC, is a creative, skills-building program for youth ages 16-21 who want to explore the various genres of Urban Art and gain the skills needed to enter the creative economy of Los Angeles. A eight-month program, the Urban Arts Crew curriculum is divided into three components: 1. Get up, Get Known….Say Something - 3 month process to enhance urban art skills and convey a message. The youth will use artistic tools such as paintbrushes, cans, markers and wheat pasting. Youth will receive an introduction to digital arts and design thinking and will have the opportunity to have their work placed on billboards in the city. The Mural created for the PromaxBDA conference is one of the youths’ projects from the “Get up, Get Known…Say Something” phase of the program. 2. Where Are You From? - 2 month project designed to improve the youths’ skills in filming, editing, and production. Youth will create short films in teams by documenting their neighborhood and social environment. Professional filmmakers and editors will instruct the youth to develop their technical skills. The finished films will be showcased at an AMC Movie Theatre screening. 3.Get Paid - 3 month project focused on understanding advertising and marketing. Youth will develop their own clothing line, create logos, and learn the significance of branding. Merchandise created will be sold online and in local stores. Youth will transition from being a consumer to a creator! The Urban Arts Academy was started 3 years ago to engage at risk youth in Wilmington who were taggers, tag-bangers and in gangs to give them a positive and productive outlet using graffiti arts. These youth have continued to learn various elements of graffiti and have completed murals within Wilmington and South Los Angeles. The youth are highly skilled and attend a formal training program developing their artistic, graphic design and editing skills. These youth are ready and willing to give back with their talents and provide a service, and become productive citizens, and show what they have learned in the past 3 years. Urban Arts Printing is one of the services that this youth will be providing. Urban Arts Printing will be dedicated to promoting positive reinforcement for our current youth in the Urban Arts Academy, as well as providing a service to the community, partners, and other businesses in the local area. Our youth are capable of designing, and producing quality images, and screen prints to perform excellent service to our clients. This business will be an outlet, and will also provide an income for our young people. We will work hard to build a reputation in the community, and with our clients. We will have the capacity to design logos, and images for shirt designs; we will also produce the screening on the shirts, whether it would be in mass or low production levels. This service will all be provided at competitive rates, which will put us in the market to contend with some of the more productive companies in the area. We will be screen printing such product as shirts, and sweaters in a two color design, meaning a background color of the selected material, and another color for the design. As we continue to grow we will move into producing more apparel, and accessories such as hats, bags, and shoes. Our ultimate goal is to have a screen printing business covering all market needs. With our future goals we will also create a website that will allow the client to create their own custom designs, and place orders online. Urban Arts Printing is an exciting new venture, and will take Urban Arts Academy to new heights “This program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.” “Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please call (1-800-735-2922) or TTY (1-877-735-2929) at least 72 hours prior to event.”

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

NONE OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Urban Arts Crew , a program of SBCC, is a creative, skills-building program for youth ages 16-21 who want to explore the various genres of Urban Art and gain the skills needed to enter the creative economy of Los Angeles. A eight-month program, the Urban Arts Crew curriculum is divided into three components:
1. Get up, Get Known….Say Something - 3 month process to enhance urban art skills and convey a message. The youth will use artistic tools such as paintbrushes, cans, markers and wheat pasting. Youth will receive an introduction to digital arts and design thinking and will have the opportunity to have their work placed on billboards in the city. The Mural created for the PromaxBDA conference is one of the youths’ projects from the “Get up, Get Known…Say Something” phase of the program.
2. Where Are You From? - 2 month project designed to improve the youths’ skills in filming, editing, and production. Youth will create short films in teams by documenting their neighborhood and social environment. Professional filmmakers and editors will instruct the youth to develop their technical skills. The finished films will be showcased at an AMC Movie Theatre screening.
3.Get Paid - 3 month project focused on understanding advertising and marketing. Youth will develop their own clothing line, create logos, and learn the significance of branding. Merchandise created will be sold online and in local stores. Youth will transition from being a consumer to a creator!

The Urban Arts Academy was started 3 years ago to engage at risk youth in Wilmington who were taggers, tag-bangers and in gangs to give them a positive and productive outlet using graffiti arts. These youth have continued to learn various elements of graffiti and have completed murals within Wilmington and South Los Angeles. The youth are highly skilled and attend a formal training program developing their artistic, graphic design and editing skills. These youth are ready and willing to give back with their talents and provide a service, and become productive citizens, and show what they have learned in the past 3 years.
Urban Arts Printing is one of the services that this youth will be providing. Urban Arts Printing will be dedicated to promoting positive reinforcement for our current youth in the Urban Arts Academy, as well as providing a service to the community, partners, and other businesses in the local area. Our youth are capable of designing, and producing quality images, and screen prints to perform excellent service to our clients. This business will be an outlet, and will also provide an income for our young people.
We will work hard to build a reputation in the community, and with our clients. We will have the capacity to design logos, and images for shirt designs; we will also produce the screening on the shirts, whether it would be in mass or low production levels. This service will all be provided at competitive rates, which will put us in the market to contend with some of the more productive companies in the area. We will be screen printing such product as shirts, and sweaters in a two color design, meaning a background color of the selected material, and another color for the design.
As we continue to grow we will move into producing more apparel, and accessories such as hats, bags, and shoes. Our ultimate goal is to have a screen printing business covering all market needs. With our future goals we will also create a website that will allow the client to create their own custom designs, and place orders online. Urban Arts Printing is an exciting new venture, and will take Urban Arts Academy to new heights
“This program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.”
“Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please call (1-800-735-2922) or TTY (1-877-735-2929) at least 72 hours prior to event.”

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

IF THIS PROGRAM WORKS THEN WHY DID THEY SHUT DOWN THE SPOT IN WILMINGTON???
WHY DID THEY MOVE TO SANTA MONICA????CAUSE J-MONEY GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS AT!!!!!!IF UAC WAS SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM THEN WHY ISNT IT STILL RUNNING??WHERE ARE THEY NOW TO HELP OUT ALL THEM KIDS!!!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
almost 3 years ago

Been there in Wilmington. Good stuff.

by gmooney
almost 3 years ago

I think this program is having a positive impact in Wilmington, helping youth to discover their talents...

by Delarosaj
almost 3 years ago

Streetcraft provides youth a positive outlet to display their talents instead of "wallbanging". It allows for more exposure and opportunity in the right direction.

by ngenuino
almost 3 years ago

Este proyecto de arte es muy bueno es una gran oportunidad pare todos los jovenes de nuestra comunidad para que expresen sus habilidades y talentos y se involucren mas y esten ocupados haciendo cosas buenas y de provecho.

by mmeza
almost 3 years ago

I personally know kids who were in the streetcraft program who benefited from the program! It created a positive impact in their lives and in the community of Wilmington. I have seen some of the artists artwork and it was amazing how talented they were. I think it was great how streetcraft gave them the opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork. I even own one of the artist t-shirts and got to meet her personally! I am a fan and hope you guys win so that you can continue to do great work in the community with youth.

by flavia.salazar
almost 3 years ago

I personally know kids who were in the streetcraft program who benefited from the program! It created a positive impact in their lives and in the community of Wilmington. I have seen some of the artists artwork and it was amazing how talented they were. I think it was great how streetcraft gave them the opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork. I even own one of the artist t-shirts and got to meet her personally! I am a fan and hope you guys win so that you can continue to do great work in the community with youth.

by liza_bee
almost 3 years ago

Is a good program for the children.

by nenasigala
almost 3 years ago

I believe that this program has definitely made an impact to the youth. It gives them the opportunity to share and express their talents.

by jramos108
almost 3 years ago

esta es una gran oportunidad para los jovenes de expresar sus ideas y mostrar el talento que hara de ellos personas responsables que aportan beneficios a su comunidad.

by Lourdes Frausto
almost 3 years ago

I definitely agree that this program is awesome because it allow the youth to put into practice all their gifts and talents.

by Grimaldo
about 3 years ago

This is an awesome program that allows youth to express their talents. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing Streetcraft.

by spa7east
about 3 years ago

This program has benefited many youth in Wilmington and has had a very positive impact on these emerging young artists. This has helped so many and will continue to impact so many more. GREAT JOB!!!!

by monica.houston.351
about 3 years ago

StreetCraft is a great program for the youth . It gives them a chance to live out there dreams in being the artist
they want to be by showing them support in any direction they want to take. I personally know some off the artist in StreetCraft and they always tell me that streetCraft has been a great help in pushing them to the next level and showing them new directions in their art career. I encourage you to vote for StreetCraft so they could keep on changing peoples lives for the better.

by jgonzalez1986
about 3 years ago

A terrific program that benefits the community across the board.

by ninah
about 3 years ago

I personally know many artist that are apart of StreetCraft even before they joined from a program called Urban Arts. Although the step up to street craft was not for everybody those that wanted the challenge and wanted to take their art to the next level greatly benefited from their experience with SC. They not only earned money for their art/designs but even greater imo they were exposed to an opportunity for their future. They learned the business aspect of being an artist and were exposed to new medias to express themselves. This is a truly unique program and having first hand seen the positive progression of the artist involved I implore all you to Vote for Streetcraft LA.

by rjones33
about 3 years ago

I personally know many artist that are apart of StreetCraft even before they joined from a program called Urban Arts. Although the step up to street craft was not for everybody those that wanted the challenge and wanted to take their art to the next level greatly benefited from their experience with SC. They not only earned money for their art/designs but even greater imo they were exposed to an opportunity for their future. They learned the business aspect of being an artist and were exposed to new medias to express themselves. This is a truly unique program and having first hand seen the positive progression of the artist involved I implore all you to Vote for Streetcraft LA.

by rjones33
about 3 years ago

Mad props to an awesome program for young ambitious street graff artists that helps them develop their art, get recognized, and learn how to create a carreer out of their street skills! No haters allowed, all positive vibes & support for these young people...my luv to the graff world & programs like Streetcraft that support Urban Art and our youth!!!

by junitanac
about 3 years ago

This is a wonderful program that has been very beneficial to the young people of Wilmington.

by Jeana Marie
about 3 years ago

This is a unique program that had a positive impact in Wilmington.

by boyetsarmiento
about 3 years ago

There are untapped talents and potentials everywhere. Give the program a chance to uncover these talents.

by arlenesarmiento
about 3 years ago

Streetcraft is an avenue to display hidden talents. I am sure the program will benefit many young adults.

by arlenesarmiento
about 3 years ago

This is a great proposal. Too bad I only get one vote. I will definitely keep following this org.

by elocc2
about 3 years ago

This program is producing a group of strong, talented and gifted young people from the Wilmington community.

by afullangel
about 3 years ago

The Streetcraft program has been a great outlet of creative expression for kids who might not have healthier lifestyle habits, and it has been a source of positive energy for the city of Wilmington.

by KumiE
about 3 years ago

Such an amazing program that has had such an incredible impact in Wilmington!

by Tanya Juarez
about 3 years ago

I've had the honor of meeting some talented youth in this program. In fact, one artist created a custom painting for me from their StreetCraft show. This program supports young artists for their creative work and the outcome of getting income for their gifts and talents.

by poli24
about 3 years ago

Young artists were given the chance to get their work out into the public. It gave them a start in working their way toward gaining income from their work.

by dianaleigh
about 3 years ago

Young artists were given the chance to get their work out into the public. It gave them a start in working their way toward gainaing income from their work.

by dianaleigh
about 3 years ago

This program supports emerging artists and helps them get exposure for thier work!!

by aalvara620
about 3 years ago

This program had a positive impact in Wilmington

by kmartinsbaycenter
about 3 years ago

I've been to a StreetCraft show and had a great time! The artists were really proud of the work they did and it showed!

by d_alvarez85
about 3 years ago

WILMAS4EVER!!!!!!!! UAC UAC. UAC

FREAKIN CABLE IS A LOSER. OR SHOULD I SAY DAVID.JOSHUA.

by girlonfire
about 3 years ago

WOW! All the HATE STREETCRAFT is getting is probably from two or three lame bitter non talented TOYS! let it go! i was part of the original UAC and it was the best tim of my life...... the staff and program really changed my life. Im not too familiar with the latest projects but watching this video reminded me of the good work we did. There is always going to be HATERS and LOSERS. Oh well!

VOTE FOR STREETCRAFT-

by girlonfire
about 3 years ago

This program is awesome. I have a painting done by a young woman in this program hanging in my living room. I have attended several events and all the youth I talked with at the events told me that Urban Arts Crew and Street Craft have been incredibly positive and they learned how to transform their passion for urban art into usable skills and a way to make money!

Go Street Craft!!!

by charh
about 3 years ago

This is such a great resource for to the talented youth of Wilmington! I know so many young people who have benefitted so much from this program and the skills that it has taught them. Amazing programs like this one, which actually translate to increased knowledge and income, are so rare in our communities, let's support those who are doing a great job at helping youth reach their full potential! Let's go, Streetcraft!!!

by GordonJS
about 3 years ago

Streetcraft is a program that supports emerging artists (creative skill development and education), exposure for their work, and support their economic sustainability by selling their art work.

by otterdog
about 3 years ago

Streetcraft is a great program and I have bought multiple items from the store and love the unique and hip designs. I've met several of the artists and know this has been a transformative experience in their lives. They've gone from only knowing graffiti art to expanding their skills in building furniture, lighting fixtures and even curtains as well as learning customer service. Not all youth may be ready for this experience but for those who are, it's a fantastic opportunity.

by RGoldberg
about 3 years ago

The program had a positive impact in Wilmington

by whenwewereinvannuys
about 3 years ago

This is an awesome program that has a positive reputation in Wilmington. My neighbor participates in this program and not only loves it, but it keeps him busy and off the streets while making money!

by leo.omth
about 3 years ago

Streetcraft is a legit program! I've met several of the kids who have gone through the program and have seen the art pieces they put out. The program not only has a positive impact on the youth who participate, but also on the community of Wilmington as a whole. Positive programs, positive impacts, positive residents! Keep up the good work Streetcraft!!!

by Cathy1207
about 3 years ago

Tag-bangers? There are no tag bangers in your group of artists. You guys are in over your heads. Dont believe the lies. I agree with artCRITIC. There is no originality in your shop. You guys steal images left and right. So what makes your shop so different from the rest? You guys like to use fancy wording to make your business sound legit. Its not. DONT VOTE FOR THESE GUYS

by joey101
about 3 years ago

These guys are producing great work, and there is nothing they cant make. Whenever I talk to them about a custom idea I have they are like "yes we can do it". I will be having them paint my wall with some custom imagery very soon. Thanks guys!!!

by ArtBeach
about 3 years ago

This is a toy ass company. Dont believe the hype. I agree with the dude below, I personally talked to the main bosses and all I could hear coming from them was, $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Thats why I never linked up with yall, and I still wouldnt.

by graffkillzzz
about 3 years ago

Streetcraft has this backstory about helping youth and it sounds very rewarding but when I personally talked to the kids at the Wilmington and Santa Monica store I did not find this to be true. Many of the kids felt disappointed, like they were being used. Yes, Streetcraft is not for everyone, just the people that are willing to let other people take advantage of them. I was very dissapointed when I found out that the solo art show for one of Streetcraft's artist, Bumzer was done by himself and his friends, NOT with the help of Streetcraft like I was told by their manager.... tsk tsk

by artCRITIC
about 3 years ago

The imagery in the Santa Monica shop is very boring. I know they have a lot of artists that they work with but I still have yet to see any originality. I agree with some of the comments made below. While Streetcraft

by artCRITIC
about 3 years ago

Street graft LA is not for everyone !  it's for people with talent and passion for art.
This program has helped my son.  He has never focused or shown any interest as he does now, he now has an outlet where he can earn money and do what he loves as well as stay off streets.   
Now that he works with Street Graft LA he is now becoming the man I always knew he could be.  
I understand some people may not always realize their potential or take advantage of the resources that are there for them, but very thankful that son DID.

by rosa.mrod@yahoo.com
about 3 years ago

Street graft LA is not for everyone !  it

by rosa.mrod@yahoo.com
about 3 years ago

THIS ORGANIZATION IS NOTGING BUT LIES!!!I SHOULD KNOW I WAS A PART OF IT!!!THEY HAD ABOUT 60KIDS IN WILMINGTON NOW THERE ALL BACK IN THE STREETS DOIN THE SAME THING CAUSE WE COULD SEE THIS ORGANIZATION !!ALL THEY DID WAS GET A BUNCH OF LOW INCOME TEENS GET THEIR SOCIAL AND GET MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT!!!!NOW LOOK THEY SAY THEY ARE ALL ABOUT GIVING YOUTH JOBS BUT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO GOT JOBS WERE THERE STAFF!!!THEY SEE OUR TALENT AND THINK $$$$$$$$.THEY SEE THE HEADCOUNT AND SOCIAL SECURITIES AND THINK $$$$$$$$JONATHAN MOONEY OR "J*MONEY" IS ONLY ABIUT THE MONEY!!!HE WAS ONLY AT THE CENTER LIKE ONCE A MONTH NEVER HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KIDS AND ALWAYS SHOWED FOVORITIZM!!!!!

by david.joshua.39
about 3 years ago

Street craft is a really cool program. I am a artist and i been working with street craft for more than 2 years. Street craft was always a good program for me to be involved with because it gave me a platform to start my artistic career practically for free and it continues to support and guide me into places in my life i never expected of reaching. Of course i had to put a lot of energy in developing my artwork but i feel very fortunate that i am able to work with a place where my work can be displayed and sold and i can put some steady money in my pocket. i really could nt find another outlet like that in my area or anywhere really. I can personally say street craft help get me where i am today.

by artfromthaheart.
about 3 years ago

2011 I joined streetcraftLa! Possibly one of the best decisions of my art career. I highly appreciate the education and schooling I have gotten with urban arts crew . Even prouder to say that I have grown with streetcraftLA from its free studio space housing some of the best artist The Port pf Los Angeles offers to the
world recognized street design company being viewed by much more then a street scene. Thanks for the support and exposure my work has gotten and I happy giving back to the community with signage art and visual communications. My desin career has flourished and to any talented artist who thinks she/he can professionally hang with a modern artist team we will be recruiting soon grant or not.

by BobbyZeeee
about 3 years ago

Love that spraycan sculpture out front and all the rest of the work. Good luck!

by ArtBeach
about 3 years ago

This is a toy ass company. Dont believe the hype. I agree with the dude below, I personally talked to the main bosses and all I could hear coming from them was, $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Thats why I never linked up with yall, and I still wouldnt.

by graffkillzzz
about 3 years ago

This is a toy ass company. Dont believe the hype. I agree with the dude below, I personally talked to the main bosses and all I could hear coming from them was, $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Thats why I never linked up with yall, and I still wouldnt.

by graffkillzzz
about 3 years ago

I actually had visited the Streetcraft LA store when it was still in the Los Angeles suburb, Wilmington. I talked to 6 of their artists that day, all of which seemed disconnected and not happy with Streetcraft. It was told to me that Streetcraft wasnt involving them in any of their projects and where blank about what was even going on because of an inconsistency in communication. I went to their art show showcasing one of their artists, BUMER, only to find Streetcraft wasnt even involved in that show and actually left the artist to fend for himself instead of helping them. There was also little to no promotion for their artists. It seems to me that this organization bumps you off if your product cant make money for them. This company IS A JOKE. The way they sell their artists is NOT THE ACTUAL WAY THEY ARE. They arent "at-risk youth", these are people who are now struggling because this company decided to give them all the boot without notice. and they are all in their 20's, NONE OF THESE ARTISTS ARE EVEN IN THEIR YOUTH. I CALL BULLSHIT.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

I actually had visited the Streetcraft LA store when it was still in the Los Angeles suburb, Wilmington. I talked to 6 of their artists that day, all of which seemed disconnected and not happy with Streetcraft. It was told to me that Streetcraft wasnt involving them in any of their projects and where blank about what was even going on because of an inconsistency in communication. I went to their art show showcasing one of their artists, BUMER, only to find Streetcraft wasnt even involved in that show and actually left the artist to fend for himself instead of helping them. There was also little to no promotion for their artists. It seems to me that this organization bumps you off if your product cant make money for them. This company IS A JOKE. The way they sell their artists is NOT THE ACTUAL WAY THEY ARE. They arent "at-risk youth", these are people who are now struggling because this company decided to give them all the boot without notice. and they are all in their 20's, NONE OF THESE ARTISTS ARE EVEN IN THEIR YOUTH. I CALL BULLSHIT.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

I actually had visited the Streetcraft LA store when it was still in the Los Angeles suburb, Wilmington. I talked to 6 of their artists that day, all of which seemed disconnected and not happy with Streetcraft. It was told to me that Streetcraft wasnt involving them in any of their projects and where blank about what was even going on because of an inconsistency in communication. I went to their art show showcasing one of their artists, BUMER, only to find Streetcraft wasnt even involved in that show and actually left the artist to fend for himself instead of helping them. There was also little to no promotion for their artists. It seems to me that this organization bumps you off if your product cant make money for them. This company IS A JOKE. The way they sell their artists is NOT THE ACTUAL WAY THEY ARE. They arent "at-risk youth", these are people who are now struggling because this company decided to give them all the boot without notice. and they are all in their 20's, NONE OF THESE ARTISTS ARE EVEN IN THEIR YOUTH. I CALL BULLSHIT.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

I actually had visited the Streetcraft LA store when it was still in the Los Angeles suburb, Wilmington. I talked to 6 of their artists that day, all of which seemed disconnected and not happy with Streetcraft. It was told to me that Streetcraft wasnt involving them in any of their projects and where blank about what was even going on because of an inconsistency in communication. I went to their art show showcasing one of their artists, BUMER, only to find Streetcraft wasnt even involved in that show and actually left the artist to fend for himself instead of helping them. There was also little to no promotion for their artists. It seems to me that this organization bumps you off if your product cant make money for them. This company IS A JOKE. The way they sell their artists is NOT THE ACTUAL WAY THEY ARE. They arent "at-risk youth", these are people who are now struggling because this company decided to give them all the boot without notice. and they are all in their 20's, NONE OF THESE ARTISTS ARE EVEN IN THEIR YOUTH. I CALL BULLSHIT.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

I actually had visited the Streetcraft LA store when it was still in the Los Angeles suburb, Wilmington. I talked to 6 of their artists that day, all of which seemed disconnected and not happy with Streetcraft. It was told to me that Streetcraft wasnt involving them in any of their projects and where blank about what was even going on because of an inconsistency in communication. I went to their art show showcasing one of their artists, BUMER, only to find Streetcraft wasnt even involved in that show and actually left the artist to fend for himself instead of helping them. There was also little to no promotion for their artists. It seems to me that this organization bumps you off if your product cant make money for them. This company IS A JOKE. The way they sell their artists is NOT THE ACTUAL WAY THEY ARE. They arent "at-risk youth", these are people who are now struggling because this company decided to give them all the boot without notice. and they are all in their 20's, NONE OF THESE ARTISTS ARE EVEN IN THEIR YOUTH. I CALL BULLSHIT.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

this is just another organization trying to make money off of kids. same old story. Dont get fooled by all that fancy talk.

by ArtNOW
about 3 years ago

Best of luck for a wonderful organization!

by kffinla
about 3 years ago

*Forr

by killabeee08
about 3 years ago

Such a great opportunity for the youth, or talent is a terrible gift to waist. Keep up the great work! You guys can make it as far as you Want.

by killabeee08
about 3 years ago

I think this program is a wonderful way to help our youth use their creative talents in a positive way and give them a pathway to a brighter future.

by jcj929503
about 3 years ago

I really think this is an awesome program and our youth will benefit and put their talents to use in a positive way.

by sabby007
about 3 years ago

@Fsoliman We are glad you can see the passion; the crew is constantly working to improve their products and the skills needed to make an impact in their marketplace!

by sla2009
almost 3 years ago

@PaolaTirado You are right on! The next generation is getting left behind when it comes to access to employment and opportunity, we want to keep them engaged and productive and build upon the skills they have now! Thank you for supporting!

by sla2009
almost 3 years ago

@etrnmntbella Thanks for spreading the word and for supporting the Streetcraft crew in their pursuits!

by sla2009
almost 3 years ago

@Junitanac thanks for the support! That is exactly what Streetcraft is all about!

by sla2009
almost 3 years ago

Hello and thanks for joining the discussion. Just wanted to address some of your comments: Streetcraft is open to interested artist entrepreneurs of different ages and there is a not a specific age requirement or cutoff. Being part of Streetcraft means having the opportunity to explore the possibilities of promoting your work across different product categories, outlets and disciplines and generating revenue for yourself in the process, and it’s a competitive one. All revenue generated by Streetcraft is immediately reinvested in artists and the program. When an artist entrepreneur seeks to engage the market with a vision and a product that is right, a connection is made and an individual brand is launched, helping make that connection is what Streetcraft is all about. All the Best -- sLA

by sla2009
about 3 years ago

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