INDIANAPOLIS – (October 3, 2013) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) announced today their new Graffiti Free Indy program; which will provide free abatement options for Indianapolis residents effected by vandalism. To assist the City of Indianapolis, Department of Code Enforcement with the new ordinance on graffiti control, KIB is providing free resources through a partnership with Valspar and Lowes Home Improvement, to neighbors and residents in a citywide program to combat vandalism.
“Graffiti Free Indy is a way that we are able to support our partnership with the City to provide abatement opportunities alongside their new graffiti ordinance,” said Joseph Jarzen, community engagement coordinator with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful “It empowers neighbors and property owners to be proactive and remove graffiti which hinders quality of life issues in our community. The impacts of this program will benefit those locally but also the overall character of Indianapolis. It is good to have the support and interest from Valspar and Lowes in this abatement effort.”
KIB will be kicking off this initiative with a distribution day, Monday, October 7 at the Lowes Home Improvement Store near Post Road. Those interested in receiving the free supplies, must first register online with KIB by visiting www.kibi.org/ graffiti_free_indy.
“I’m thrilled to see KIB’s Graffiti Free Indy program rolling out ahead of schedule,” said City Councillor At Large, Zach Adamson, “The Graffiti Free Indy program is one product of months of work on our graffiti task force. In this first of its kind, public, private and not-for-profit collaboration to abate public nuisance graffiti, the residents of our great city will soon see drastic reductions in graffiti all over Indianapolis. We are blessed to have KIB as a partner in our city and we hope the success of this program will encourage Indy residents, including elected officials, to be official KIB Block Captains!”
The Graffiti Free Indy initiative allows Indy residents to take graffiti removal into their own hands by either proactively abating the graffiti on their own, coordinating a group clean-up, or volunteering to assist on graffiti removal.
“The city council is extremely impressed with the Graffiti Free Indy program that KIB put together to accompany the new graffiti ordinance,” said City County Councillor , Jeff Miller. “KIB is a strong leader in the beautification efforts happening across Indianapolis and this new program empowers residents to help be part of the process.”
Support from the Marion County Prosecutors Office and IMPD, and the Department of Public Safety’s Graffiti Efficiency Task Force who helped set up the program and advocate for this ordinance, assisted greatly with the creation of this abatement program. A complete listing of FAQs about the program as well as more information on KIB’s Graffiti Free Indy program, is available atwww.kibi.org/ graffiti_free_indy.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.