Learners from CityKidz Pre and Primary School in the inner-city of Johannesburg explored the concept of using art as a tool for positive social change among children.
The workshop took place at the school CityKidz that has 607 children from grade RR – grade 7 and is in the heart of the inner-city. Internationally renowned professional graffiti artists from France, Spain, Portugal and the US conducted the workshop
The workshop, was aimed at grade 7 pupils it demonstrated spray-painting techniques to the learners.
After the workshop discussions on topics related to peace, unity and community building — the pupils were given a canvas on which they experimented with — turning their ideas into images.
These Healing Art Kits, designed by psychiatrists, art therapists and mental health experts, are a psychological, emergency first aid tool to help children regain a sense of peace and security by drawing on the therapeutic power of creativity.
The artists were the guests of South African FRIENDS OF ISRAEL (SAFI ) and Artists 4Israel, an NGO that unites avant-garde artists in under represented art forms to create social change through arts and culture projects. Artists from around the world join with each other to uplift struggling communities through the arts.
the Artists Fabio Lopez aka Dourone is a Spanish multi-disciplinary artist from Madrid. His partner, Elodie Arshak aka Elodie Loll was born and raised in Paris.
Together they form part of Dourone, Pariz-one began doing graffiti in 1999. He collaborates and perform works of graffiti on a professional level and Fernando Romero aka Ski and Mike Baka aka 2Esae (The URNY Art Collective) have a mission to create surreal environments which individuals can relate to in one way or another.
They aim to inspire creativity amongst people specifically the youth so they can pick up where they leave off.
CityKidz Pre and Primary School of Johannesburg was established in 2008, the school is a social initiative by Africa Housing Company (AFHCO), a leading investor and developer of affordable housing and commercial property & SA Corporate Real Estate Fund to raise the standard of education of young children in their formative years through excellent education.