STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents and employees from local businesses have said they are tired of seeing vandalism around Starkville.
At the beginning of May, the Starkville Police Department said they saw a spike in graffiti symbols and signatures on dumpsters and other buildings.
The mayor's office has since painted over the graffiti.
One employee from a local business downtown said the back of his building gets vandalized all the time. He said he constantly has to call the police to investigate it and clean it up.
Elizabeth Casano, a Starkville resident, said the vandals simply need something to occupy their time.
Executive Director of the Starkville Area Arts Council, John Bateman, said in Starkville they're working with city administrators and other partners to paint murals and create public art around the city.
The graffiti seen in the city is not art it's vandalism, he said.
Bateman said it's important to have arts councils in communities like this because it enhances the quality of life.
"These towns where there's nothing to do, people leave," he said. "The younger generations will leave and won't come back."
The Starkville Area Arts Council has upcoming art exhibits in the summer, and they encourage anyone who's interested in art to attend the membership drive on June 6 to learn more information about the arts council and to join.