They set out with spray paints, stencils, creativity and determination. Their intent is to enliven some of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. What is groundbreaking is that they are seniors, not youth.
LATA 65 is an initiative designed by Cowork Lisboa in partnership with Wool – Covilhã Urban Art Festival. The intergenerational project brings together Lisbon, Portugal’s young street artists and elderly residents. The urban artists teach the seniors about street art and then set them loose to brighten the city.
This is a clever scheme for creating awareness and understanding of street art as well as for connecting young and old. Seniors’ artistic impulses are given a public outlet, and they likely never look at graffiti in the same way again.
So far more than 100 Lisbon residents, between the ages of 63 and 94, have become street artists since the project began in 2012. Check out some of their creative efforts in the photographs on the LATA 65 Facebook page. This is an idea that could go global.