A DARK, graffitied alleyway received a much-needed facelift as part of the Youth Arts Festival.
Three of Orange’s street artists conducted a Metro Underground workshop with Canobolas Rural Technology High School and Molong Central School students on Friday, followed by a re-vamp of the alley next to Kathmandu on Saturday.
The artists taught Year 10 students how to pursue the art form while maintaining a positive relationship with the community
Youth Arts Festival co-ordinator Vince Lovecchio said the artwork was created around an Orange metro underground train theme and envisaged different groups in Orange would be able to paint their own carriage designs.
“The kids loved the workshops,” he said.
“It’s about youth having a voice, a sense of belonging and a sense of creativity.
“We could have one carriage dedicated to farming and another for the wine industry, it just continues on.”
Mr Lovecchio hoped the idea could extend to Post Office Lane and said it was a solution to an ongoing graffiti problem.
“Businesses have been trying to address this issue for two years and it gives this place a sense of pride to be here,” he said.
“I suppose it’s changed the atmosphere into a more positive, creative atmosphere.”
To sponsor the program, call Mr Lovecchio by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.