Our founder Adrien Colombie was traveling in Tanzania when he encountered The Msamaria Centre for Street Children, a centre which provides education and social support to over 60 children who have been living on the streets due to various difficult situations.
After brainstorming with the NGO’s directors and the children, we agreed that the centre would benefit greatly from adding art to brighten the property and be a daily reminder of creativity for the children.
To brighten the buildings and environment at Msamaria, and provide an art education to the children through the art project.
The hope was to attract a professional artist/mentor/teacher to the centre in person – someone who could do something creative in the centre, and also provide art education to the children’s curriculum. We thought many of the buildings would benefit greatly from art to brighten the property, so we we went in search an artist who could create some magic.
We asked creatives to send us their idea for a project that would address our two goals, along with basic sketches, their portfolio and their motivation. Our international jury selected Justine Auque – an amazing artist from Bordeaux, France whom we flew to Tanzania to spend a week sharing her knowledge and passion for art with the children, while together they created a great mural incorporating the children’s ideas and participation all the way.
Images being worth a thousand words, you can view Justine and the children’s week at The Msamaria Centre for Street Children in Moshi with these two videos!