17.8.10

Art Everywhere- The Flavela Painting Project




I love this project. The idea of drawing attention to the beauty which exists in every part of the world, while empowering a community, is true art.
This vision, by two Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, is to create beauty in unexpected places.  Brazil, is South America’s largest country and a third of it’s 200 million people live in favelas (slums).
After working on a project together in 2005, about hip hop in the favelas of Rio and São Paolo, they came up with the idea to ‘bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth.’



Their first project called The Flavela Painting Project used ‘the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in Brazil and yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio's most notorious slum.' For the projects a group of local flavela dwellers trained and worked as painters thus providing them with skills and jobs.


Art which empowers a local community to feel pride for their community is true beauty.
Have you ever participated in a community art project?

35 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

I've never had but I wish I could...Love those images:)

Kisses and have a great day

Everton Terrace said...

Have helped rebuild/revamp houses in the projects but never anything artistic. This is beautiful, made me teary. That last one, powerful image.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

I like this project too !!!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Wow, that's incredible. I've been to Brazil myself and I saw the shanti villages from afar, I love how they added art and beauty to such a challenging environment.

XO
Lenore

Jude said...

Hi Ren - what beautiful images, and moving story to go with it. Thank you for dropping-by - I'm thrilled it led me here! (Just reading your profile inspired me here between work-breaks! I believe in the amazing power of art & creativity :)

Erin said...

I wish I could. But I'm not an artist at ALL! Love these images, though!

Krystal said...

that is amazing! i want to go see it now!

Dancing Branflake said...

This is incredible! Oh my goodness this would certainly transform any neighborhood and bring it together in such a wonderful way.

Grace said...

What beauty! So vibrant.

this free bird said...

i've never taken part, but would really like too. this post makes me so sad, yet so very very happy all at the same time.

xoxo,
Carrie

drollgirl said...

this is wild! and fabulous! so lively and vivid! love it!!!

Noodles and Waffles said...

I'd love to volunteer for this project.

Jacqui said...

so vibrant - it surely must make a difference to those living there. My middle two children were involved in a community project a number of years ago. we were near a 40 mile cycle track between edinburgh and glasgow and there were various artworks erected along the route. it was a lot of fun, but for a couple of years we always had to make a long detour to see their particular project. xxx

Style, She Wrote said...

I have never participated in a community part project but I love this!! So inspiring.

Clair said...

"Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see."
Degas

Thank you!
Clair

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Di- Thanks for stopping by!
Everton- You are much to creative for me to believe that you didn't oozz some creativity onto whatever you did!
LeBlog- Isn't it neat!
Lenore- That is so great you got to visit Brazil!
Jude- YOU made me so happy that you said you felt inspired!
Erin- Everyone is artistic!
Krystal- I love it too.
Dancing- How could it not-right.
Grace- lovely
FreeBird- Sad then glad is good!
drollgirl- Lovely isn't it.
Noddles- Did you check the link out? Maybe you can!?
Jaqui- how wonderful they participated- The detour well- at least you got extra exercise!
Style- Glad you feel that way!
Clair- I LOVE this quote- so true!

Thank you all for stopping by to comment!!!

Getrealmommy said...

Really cool. That is one of the things i love about the Mission District in San Francisco, all the colorful murals. Thanks for sharing!

sherri said...

so fantastic. great post per usual.

wanted to tell you I was driving home from the reunion the other night and that magnetic zeros song came on, and thought of you. love that song, thanks for turning me on to it!

Luna said...

How genuinely inspiring. Art's very purpose in stunning relief. Fantastic to see. Thanks for sharing!
PS Thanks for your well wishing on my blog too Lady Ren, I really appreciated it :)

Erika said...

Truly amazing.

a bit coquettish said...

So, so beautiful. I absolutely love any sort of art project like this!!

bises, xx

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

This is amazing! I didn't know stuff like this existed.

x Jasmine

tulpen said...

Gorgeous!

Reina said...

whoa this is REALLY COOL.

And it reminds me of my recent color post! there's a really cool project called the Let's Colour Project. look at my "Color Me Happy" post (from August, if you click 'older post' once, it should be the first post on the next page) and watch the video. tell me what you think! isnt it such a feel-good video & project?

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

I heard something about it somewhere in regrads to painted buildings and I just love the first photo - such a positive energy coming from it!

The Gallery Gal said...

Beautiful!

Cara said...

interesting...

Mama Gone Green said...

awesome!

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a wonderful creative project. I just wonder why it's called the Flavela Painting Project and not the Favela P. Project?

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

such a creative project!
I'm delighted by the visuals~

xo

Mo Pie, Please said...

How beautiful and incredible. I especially love the last two photos - so much color and detail!

Cashon&Co said...

i LOVE this! how cool! I think color and expression, especially in impoverished areas, really lift the spirit and it's amazing how therapeutic creating works of beauty and especially when it's a group collaboration, is. I helped paint the interior of a dilapidated YMCA about 20 years ago. And what I remember most is the working as a group aspect of it. Everyone showing up early in the morning, side by side, "not really wanting to be there" if you're honest with yourself, but it's kind of like going to the gym. After you leave, you feel fantastic.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Way too cool!! It's a beauty!

k1ate said...

wow, this is beautiful. I live on the edge of the Mission, in San Francisco, which is like a community art project in and of itself! Seriously, we have a new mural going up every day. It is so lovely to be able to see new, open, free art all the time, and the kids working on it.

(always lots of coverage here: http://missionlocal.org)

shopgirl said...

This is incredible! I love it and the people who inspired it!

p.s. now your latest follower!

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