Community Art Class and Mural Project
Country: El Salvador
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Education
Project Investment: $427.50
Project Launch:El Salvador has seen an increase in gang-based graffiti in many communities. With the help of local artists, ADESCO, a local development association, began addressing this problem by educating the youth in art, giving structure to their creative energies and creating respect for art in general. In the small, rural community of San Vicente located in the skirt of a volcano, a $428 grant from World Connect’s Kids to Kids Program helped launch an art class and mural initiative with the goal of starting a tradition of art classes held in the community at the end of every year in the nearly two months while school is out. This initiative was followed up with a series of murals depicting local scenes being painted in and on the Community House where traditionally graffiti has been found. The goals of the art classes and murals were to give kids the chance to learn how to draw and focus their creativity and then see in action the painting of murals in the Community House. The most noticeable aspect of the project within the community are the different members who stop by the murals and begin to talk about their past experiences cutting sugar cane or evaluating how accurate the murals are. The murals seem to be a good talking piece for the older members of the community and a source of pride for the younger ones, and less of a focus for graffiti.
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