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Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle
Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle

LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Krista Kachnik of John Dooley Elementary School as the grand prize winner of this year’s anti-graffiti art contest. Her winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

The RTC vehicle also showcased the artwork of first runner-up Fermin Perez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School. The students’ designs were selected as the top two finalists in the fourth annual art contest designed to educate local students that the difference between art and graffiti is permission.  

The RTC again partnered with the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Vector Media Las Vegas to sponsor the art contest. 

The annual anti-graffiti art contest seeks to teach students that the difference between art and graffiti is permission. The theme for this year’s contest was fight graffiti and W.I.N. (We Inspire Neighborhoods), highlighting the importance of a graffiti-free community.  All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students and is intended to encourage the community to respect other’s property and not damage it with graffiti.  

Nineteen local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest submitting a total of 235 entries.  The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll. 

Krista Kachnik and Fermin Perez’s winning artwork will travel the valley’s streets on the RTC vehicle for one year to promote the anti-graffiti message. The artwork of the other finalists will be displayed on transit shelters and inside various RTC transit vehicles, courtesy of Vector Media. 

Other finalists included:  Kayleigh Adams of Our Lady of Las Vegas; Desiree Amezcua of Treem Elementary; Lauren Aquino of Our Lady of Las Vegas; Gabriel Barrios of Walter V. Long Elementary School; Skylur Pinkus of Ruby Thomas Elementary School; and Lei Caldejon, Brenda Carrillo and Christopher Lopez, all from Edwards Elementary School. 

The Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition was formed in 1997 to reduce graffiti vandalism. This public-private partnership consists of staff from Clark County, the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City, Metropolitan Police Department, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Clark County School District and interested citizens. The coalition meets regularly to discuss methods of reducing graffiti through education, enforcement and eradication. 

The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use alternate commute modes to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.