Portuguese Senior Citizens Become Graffiti Masters
A workshop based in Lisbon is teaching the elderly how to create street art and letting them practice on buildings
If you were to picture the typical graffiti artists, it’s highly unlikely you’d imagine someone over the age of 50. To change this, LATA 65 is a Lisbon-based community art project that teaches senior citizens to express themselves with spray paint.
Street artists work with elderly Portuguese people to create stencils, design a tag and spread their art around town. The project was created in collaboration with WOOL – the Urban Art Festival of Covilhã and Cowork Lisbon in order to get older people in the community involved with art and activity in a creative way, as well as creating and strengthening social connections. They are even given free reign to tag and mark up dilapidated parts of Lisbon in order to practice their skills.