During our year of CIVICKIDS programming, we partnered with over 40 international organizations to present programming inspired by themes of child-led civic engagement. Below, our partner Condorens Preschools in Nacka, Sweden reflects on a community art-making project and the benefits of children and artists working side-by-side.
During the international mural festival Wall Street Nacka in September, the children at Condorens Preschools had the opportunity to take part in the transformation of the public space and creation of a gigantic outdoor gallery. Lucky for us, next to our preschool, NYC-based artist BKFoxx created a large mural at Jarla Sporthall. The children could see the transformation of the wall, from the first sketches to the final piece of art. Side-by-side with the artist, the four and five year old children created their own mural with spray paint and met an artist who appreciated their work as much as they appreciated hers!
The child’s right to be part of the artistic life is written in UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. We at Condorens Preschools aim to open the children’s life to the arts and to create a community where art is present. The mural was inspired by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren‘s character Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and her cry for spring. The fact that the children met and spoke with the artist made the event even more precious, as it connected storytelling, painting, and the creative process of all participants. The two week long festival invited artists and creators from all over the world to participate and made it possible for the children to truly make a mark in their community. We are looking forward to next year’s festival immensely!
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