A church in Yuma, Arizona, is getting in trouble with the local city government because of an innovative way to reach out to the local population, an art wall.
According to the Yuma Sun, Vertical Church has created an art wall that invites people to express themselves artistically, with the only requirement being that they not use profanity or gang images. Sounds like a great idea, no? Not so fast, says the city, since the wall goes counter to their own push to eliminate all graffiti from the city regardless if it’s legal or not.
Jeremy Dillman, worship pastor for the church, explains the reason they think the art wall is important:
It’s all part of God’s work when we open up something for the community. It provides another opportunity for people to participate, like playing in the band or serving as greeters. These kids are doing this as art and we recognize their talent. We want to give them an area to do it legally … we don’t want them doing it illegally.
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