The French Quarter Business Association will be hosting a Volunteer French Quarter Graffiti Cleanup event on Saturday, May 8. Individual and group volunteers will gather at the New Orleans Police Department's Eighth District on 334 Royal St. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will go until 11 a.m.
Graffiti is classified as writing, drawings, or symbols written on any surface without permission of the owner. It is usually made with automotive car paint, spray paint, crayons, and permanent ink, which can make it challenging to remove. It can greatly affect public perception, architectural significance, and the general quality of life in a given area. The French Quarter Business Association is a not-for-profit organization with a goal to protect and develop the liveliest neighborhood in the city. The FQBA offers a variety of graffiti prevention tips: maintaining upkeep of external extremities, removing graffiti as quickly as possible, controlling access and steping up security, and working with the community to report any incidents of graffiti.
French Quarter Advocates is sponsoring the event and donating supplies including gloves, rags, scrappers, scouring pads, T-shirts, and Vieux Carre Commission-approved cleaning solution. Bryan Drude, president of French Quarter Advocates, is excited to give back to the neighborhood where his organization's membership lives and works. French Quarter Advocates and other French Quarter groups worked together to create the Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program (VC-GAP) in 2010. VC-GAP works to get rid of illegal graffiti from buildings and walls in the French Quarter. They also offer information and solutions to those victimized by unwarranted graffiti.
The event will provide volunteers with a T-shirt, all cleaning product and tools necessary for the cleanup, and refreshments. Make sure to check out French Quarter Business Association on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on upcoming graffiti cleanup dates.