Positive message for the youth

2019-06-25 06:00
Volunteers stand in front of the completed mural on Youth Day.

Volunteers stand in front of the completed mural on Youth Day.

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Youth organisation, Frontiers – Youth Serving Youthcelebrated Youth Day by creating a mural on one of the walls in Kensington.

The main aim of this activity was to create safe spaces for the community through positive thinking.

Cheslyn Steenberg, founder of the organisation, said often people walk and drive past walls that are filled with negative messages consisting either of gang slogans or swear words, which do not convey a positive message for young people in the community.

“That is why we decided to start new conversations through murals within the community. Whenever you walk along the streets of the community. This mural is forcing us to dialogue differently,” Steenberg said.

The mural is situated on the corners of Patrys Plein and Sunderland Street and it was decided on the wall because that was the preferred “hangout spot” for youngsters.

“We wanted the message to be in their faces so that they can see that there is hope and that they must now take on their new conversation that we have started.”

The art piece was curated by graffiti artist Bernard Greybe and the funds to buy material were contributed by all members of Frontiers.

Steenberg said the City of Cape Town was aware of this as a formal application process to paint the wall was followed.

“The entire process was a learning curve; through our application, one would learn of how the departments work with each other. Traffic services made a few suggestions of what we needed to change, we complied and resubmitted the design. The department of arts and culture guided us throughout the process and has been a great help.”

Steenberg said the process did not take long at all. He said they applied on Wednesday 24 April and received the permit on Thursday 16 May.

Through the mural, Steenberg hopes that young people start having conversations about the directions they want their lives to take. He said that residents of Patrys Plein were so grateful for the mural that they even donated a pot of soup to the volunteers which was more than enough that even spectators were fed.

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