The colorful brick walls of downtown Rapid City's Art Alley have been a busy tourist stop for several years, but after recent scrutiny, local artists are taking action into their own hands to clean up any concerns.
Business owners, residents, and others who surround the alley have announced their worries about it, saying it is unsafe, unsightly, and needs to be cleaned up.
Specific public complaints about the alley include crime, drunkenness, and vandalism.
"As a community, we're trying to deal with those things without having to use outside forces," said artist, and Dahl Arts Center Co-Director, Tyler Read. "That maybe don't understand the alley in the same way as the community does."
The newly formed Art Alley Artist Guild looks to maintain the downtown painted playground.
Members of the guild say much progress has been made, and more should be expected in the coming weeks and months.
"If the community loves this space, they need to get involved and come down," said Read. "And once in a while we can clean up down here."
By working with the Rapid City Arts Council, the guild hopes to make art alley safer, sanitary, and a positive arts experience in the downtown area.
"We can reach out to the community through Art Alley in a way that's so rare and so unlike any other place." said Read.
The Black Hills Power workers have already replaced burned out bulbs and fixtures, brightening the alley.
There are also teams who plan on making daily and weekly clean-ups.