STREET ART MURALS AUSTRALIA
Australia's largest street art social venture.
Established by Mountains Youth Services Team in 2008, SAMA has painted over 360 professional street art murals for a wide range of public and private clients.
Notably SAMA has completed commissioned works for Lead Lease, The Big Day Out Music Festival, Amnesty International, Scenic World, NSW Rail Corp, and Pfizer.
SAMA employs an awarding winning and innovative asset based community development approach to graffiti.
Founder Jarrod Wheatley is a published author and highly regarded authority in the area of Graffiti Management Strategies.
SAMA, aims to support young artists by fostering social inclusion and advocating for street art's legitimacy on a national stage.
Graffiti is an intractable problem that can have negative impacts on the lives of thousands of young people Australia-wide. Lawlink crime statistics suggest a steady increase in incidents of malicious damage over the last decade.
Recent changes to the Graffiti Control Act have increased reliance on punitive measures rather than addressing measures focused on crime prevention. SAMA is in a unique position to implement youth-friendly graffiti prevention strategies, as it understands both the graffiti sub-culture and how to meet the communities’ expectations.
With a clear track record of success and established reputation SAMA has a strong social impact. SAMA’s primary beneficiaries are artists belonging to the alienated graffiti subculture.
By taking an asset-based approach to “the graffiti problem” it is easy to identify the artistic strengths this subculture possesses. Using street art to engage young people who want to be involved in constructive forms of aerosol art, will benefit young and old alike.
Katoomba Street Art Walk
The Story Behind The Street Art Walk:
The Street Art Walk is the product of a long period of negotiations between SAMA and the relevant stakeholders in the Beverly Place precinct and the Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC). In September 2014, SAMA undertook a crowd-funding campaign with www.startsomegood.com that enabled SAMA to raise almost $20,000 to help fund the Street Art Walk.
Many of the Street Art Walk’s supporters are local community members and business owners. As a result, the Street Art Walk is an authentic community-driven and locally supported project that will positively impact upon Katoomba, and the Blue Mountains more broadly. SAMA believes that the Street Art Walk will prove to be a dynamic space that will promote urban beautification, enhanced tourism opportunities for businesses, and social inclusion in a currently underused space in the centre of Katoomba.
The Street Art Walk is located in Beverly Place, Katoomba, in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
The close proximity of to Sydney makes the Street Art Walk an ideal getaway for a day trip, with the iconic Three Sisters lookout only a 10 minute walk away.
The Street Art Walk is listed in Tripadvisor’s Top 10 things to do in Katoomba.
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