Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network (PAGN)

Timothy Spencer
1220 Sansom Street, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-686-1550
Fax: 215-686-1564

Program Type:
Community involvement in law enforcement, alternative sanctions, and graffiti prevention strategies.

Target Population:
Youth and adult property defacers.

Public and private buildings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Project Startup Date:
January 1984.

Information Source:
Provided by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).

Evaluation Information:
A winner of a 1991 Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Annual Budget:

Sources of Funding:

Program Description:
PAGN seeks to remove graffiti, prevent defacements, hold perpetrators accountable, and raise public awareness about these issues. To meet its goals, PAGN organizes anti-graffiti task forces in affected neighborhoods, enlists the assistance of the Philadelphia police to apprehend offenders, and provides alternative programs to channel the energies and talents of former wallwriters toward neighborhood beautification. PAGN identifies defiled public and private buildings and organizes community cleanups. The group sponsors a hotline for graffiti complaints, which are responded to immediately by a PAGN field representative.

PAGN also sponsors urban arts workshops, where youths ages 14-21 can participate in poster/essay contests and develop designs for mural projects. Former wallwriters who participate in the workshops develop logos, T-shirts, letterhead, and newsletters. Participants' artwork is displayed at anti-graffiti art exhibits.