For street artists, performing and showcasing their work in public has been their lifeline. But as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, bustling streets have turned into ghost towns—cutting off the entirety of street artists' income. Graffiti Allii aims to provide a virtual space for street artists to showcase their work and earn donations. TO Hacks asked us to solve a social problem. We alleviate the pervasive issue of artist disenfranchisement, something that has been exacerbated by Covid-19. Graffiti Allii was inspired by the issue of people who are having difficulty supporting themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the influx of art and expression being posted on social media platforms as a way to cope with the pandemic.
What it does
Our site is an interactive platform that allows users to experience a virtual graffiti alley, or add to it; visitors are able to be immersed in street art and culture in their own homes. Not only does Graffiti Allii allow street artists to post their artworks, music or performances, it also allows others to donate money to their accounts to support them.
How we built it
Our team built the website through Google sites, and used artworks created by our team as exemplars in the artwork section. We also made and attached a google forms for public submissions.
Challenges we ran into
We were challenged with selecting a program that we can handle, selecting an appropriate platform to create a website that is accessible for all team members.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud of the layout and design of our website.
What we learned
Our team has learned that with an open mind, anyone can create anything.
What's next for Graffiti Allii
We plan to turn this into a non-profit organization, so that we can support street artists during these trying times. We also hope to continue after the pandemic to let those who do not live in the city or certain areas to experience street art as well.