There has always been a parallel that could be drawn between the domestic economy, unemployment epidemics, and youth crime, particularly violent crime. Many youth growing up in the inner-city feel that the problems they face such as family dysfunction, gangs, drugs and alcohol abuse are what they deserve. The never ending cycle of violence that grips our barrios needs to be broken. GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project) is taking on the challenge by using graffiti art as a call to action.
The Barrio Unity Mural Project will use art as a social utility to bring to the forefront, issues of youth violence and the effects that gang lifestyle have on our families and the community.