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The World Mural Project Comes Alive!

July 19, 2008

Muralist and digital artist Favianna Rodriguez unveiled the Intel World Mural Project today amidst a group of young digital artists inside the Intel Computer Clubhouse nestled in the bustling East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club.

The University of California, Berkeley alumnus is now an Oakland, California-based Favianna. She helped Intel collect artwork from Computer Clubhouse students from 21 countries. She created an engaging digital romp through regions that opened up to artwork from students from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, the U.S. and other parts of the world.

All of this as a way to celebrate Intel’s 40th birthday. Looks like the future’s in good hands!

Here’s a video of Favianna’s unveiling, which I shot using my nifty Flip cam.

The creative process behind the World Mural Project

July 7, 2008

I am very excited about art directing this project. I am fortunate to have been involved with the Intel Clubhouse model in the past, and this definitely shaped the way in which I approached the project. The inspiration for this piece came from youth voices themselves. The Intel Clubhouses serves as a hub for creative expression – young people are given the space, the support and the tools to develop art that is reflective of their experiences. There is power in young people’s voices – they offer a vision for the future that we do not always see. These voices became the inspiration for the piece.

Another important aspect of the project is the fact that we live in a global society, in many ways, technology has allowed us to be even more connected. The fact that the Intel Clubhouses are located in cities throughout the world helped me frame the creative direction for this piece. I have visited Intel Clubhouses in the United States and one in Mexico. I understand the importance of providing young people with tools so that they can feel empowered to exercise their voice. My challenge was to create a space where the global aspect of the project as well as the youth voices could be emphasized.

It’s important to consider that we are dealing with multilingual youth, who express themselves though various technological channels, such as via text, instant messaging, online art sharing, etc. The practice of sharing content online is second-hand nature for young people. I applied that practice in this piece by encouraging a visual and a written submission. The written submission is based on the six word memoir project which has recently increased in popularity thanks to the internet. Both the written and the visual submission are developed via a collaborative group process, since each clubhouses submits one entry to represent its community.

My experiences in working with young people throughout the world, as a teacher and as an artist, has taught me to be a good listener around creativity. I believe that young people play a significant role in the formation of culture, and it is important to honor those voices as we would the voices of creative adults. Part of the creative process for this mural meant talking with Clubhouse coordinators to understand how their centers functioned, how it is that their youth interacted with the space, and what it was that the youth produced. These considerations played a key part in the final piece.

Throughout the month of July, I will be posting updates on the project as well as some thoughts behind the creative process. Thanks for stopping by.

Introducing our Artist – Favianna Rodriguez!

July 5, 2008

For the World Mural Project, the exciting thing is that we will see all the creativity from the youth around the world.  But we also want the piece to be a piece of real art as well.  I’m not an artistic person so I was at lost how to do this – I’d be lucky if I got a ‘C’ for my arts class back in high school.  Well – our team said – we needed a professional artist to help us, a professional who could inspire the youth and help us bring together all the submissions around the world into one coherent piece.

The search was on and very soon, we came to know of an artist perfect for our project – experienced in digital art AND mural projects AND working with the youth AND very excited about the project!!  Is this really possible?!

This is how we found our art director for the project – Favianna Rodriguez.  The project is transfromed  by Favianna.   She brought in invaluable ideas in how to structure the project and it’s fascinating to see the art she created for the project (a teaser here for the rest of you, but when you see the World Mural Project unveiled, you will know what I mean).

I will stop here not to give away too much, but Favianna is also planning to share her artistic concept behind the project here soon.  So stay tuned!