Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, taking 316,000 lives, the Art Creation Foundation for Children decided to do something about revitalizing the city of Jacmel. You can read the article here.
ACFFC partnered with artist, Laurel True, to create the piece Mosaique Jacmel. True worked with local children on the project to help them cope with the devastation. Students took part in the process of designing, development, and execution of the project just 6 months after the earthquake. That first project has led to several other student led, mosaic projects and Jacmel has become known for its beautiful mosaics across the city.
I love the article because it is a great example of using art to heal a city, revitalize a city, and empower youth. “We focus on how to train kids to start thinking of how to flow this into a small business; how to order supplies, to price things, create a proposal, how to talk to a client, etc.,” says True of the project. Others have stated that it is the children who are changing the face of Haiti.
By giving them these skills and supporting them, the ACFFC is preparing the children for their futures (possibly even as creative leaders!). I can not praise the success of this program enough.