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SCAMP celebrates neighborhoods and recycling
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

people working with rocks for bench
SCAMP art bench at City Rock on May 22, 2012

Arts, culture and creativity help deepen a sense of place, inviting new people to increase a neighborhood’s vibrancy. The non-profit Concrete Couch, City of Colorado Springs, and private business and organization sponsors are teaming up to launch SCAMP, a Summer Community Art and Mural Program.

Sponsors can be recognized in the art, should expect to play an active role and provide approximately $1,000 per site. Sponsorships are still available at some locations.

  • May 21 thru 25: Mosaic art bench (pictured), sponsored by City Rock
  • June 4 thru 8: Downtown mosaic on CSU vent cover, sponsored by Century Link
  • June 18 thru 22: Mid Shooks Run Willamette mural, sponsored by Community Prep School
  • July 2 thru 6: South Shooks Run Mosaic and Painting, sponsorship available
  • July 16 thru 20: Mural along the Shooks Run Trail under the Pikes Peak Avenue Bridge, sponsorship available
  • July 30 thru August 3: Mural along the Greenway Trail  under the Uintah Bridge with City Therapeutic Recreation Program, sponsorship available
  • August 6 thru 10: Patty Jewett Circus Camp, sponsorship available
  • August 20 thru 24: Mystery project, sponsorship available

Many of these locations are currently vandalized by graffiti, requiring staff time to mend. In fact, City code enforcement covered 12,000 graffiti tags in 2011 alone. It’s important to remove graffiti quickly because graffiti attracts graffiti, which can send a message that an area is in decline or crime-ridden. Murals have a huge effect in Colorado Springs in discouraging graffiti.

Concrete Couch and the City are inviting the community and neighborhoods to play a hands-on role in the creation of these projects.

Most materials are reused and donated from The ReStore or El Paso County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

A bike tour celebration this fall will visit the 2012 SCAMP art sites throughout greater downtown Colorado Springs.