Graffiti program will continue at Elkhart Art League

    The graffiti program will continue at High Dive Park in Elkhart.
    Posted on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

    ELKHART — The Elkhart Art League’s graffiti program will continue.

    The group’s board of directors met Thursday night, Aug. 1 and a spokesperson said they believe the benefits of the program outweigh some of the problems that have popped up in recent weeks.

    The group decided in June to permit graffiti artists to add artwork to the building’s exterior walls at High Dive Park.

    Despite some vandalism to the building’s roof and nearby property, the group believes they’re seeing some positive results from the program, said Ellen Ridenour, vice president of the art league.

    Reports of vandalism surfaced last week and were accompanied by concerns that some of the graffiti might include gang symbols.

    Officials continue to monitor the artwork to ensure inappropriate drawings are covered up and said they don’t believe gang symbols have been found on the walls.

    Police are continuing to investigate whether gang symbols have been seen on the building. Photos were taken and they’re relying on an officer familiar with gang symbols and are using a data base to determine any links, said Capt. Kris Seymore.

    Police have added more patrols to the area, Seymore said.

    Officials believe much of the vandalism, including damage to the roof, was done by one person and Ridenour said they are investigating the matter and will seek criminal charges if possible.

    Along with spray paint on the shingles, a chimney was also damaged.

    Ridenour said some of the artists are planning a friendly graffiti competition around noon Saturday at the building.

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