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Tuesday – April 15, 2014


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -
Northern Kentucky University will host the inaugural GraffitiFest – featuring 12 local artists creating live graffiti art to benefit local and international charities – on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., on the oval in front of NKU’s Griffin Hall informatics center. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to graffiti artists, this student-planned event will also showcase local music and student entrepreneurs. Each graffiti artist will create an original work live at the event with the theme of “relief.” The paintings will be sold at the end of the day via silent auction, and proceeds will benefit the artists and four charities: the American Red Cross, Visionaries and Voices, Revive the Heart, and ArtWorks.

These charities each represent a unique perspective on the event’s theme - relief. The Red Cross provides disaster relief and health and safety training all over the world; Visionaries and Voices is a local charity that helps artists with disabilities create and display their work; Revive the Heart is a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about sex-trafficking through performance arts; and ArtWorks is a non-profit that employs and trains young artists to prepare them for their careers.

The day will begin with graffiti artists from NKU, Higher Level Art, and the community creating original pieces of graffiti art on 4’ x 8’ canvases. The paintings will then be displayed for the remainder of the festival while the silent auction takes place.

Throughout the day, local music acts will provide the event with a wide variety of music. GraffitiFest will include performances from Hayden Kaye, Holly Spears, The Reflectives, DJ Drowsy, Cody Houston, Austin Livingood, and DJ Vizion. In addition, student entrepreneurs from NKU will have booths promoting their companies and sharing their work with the community.

GraffitiFest is sponsored by the NKU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization to promote the collaboration of arts and entrepreneurship for the benefit of the community. To stay current on GraffitiFest news, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Graffitifest.

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