Originally, the idea was simple -- promote the organization and aesthetic to the building. As I worked however, the project transformed from a personal project to a community one.
Throughout the process, curious community members would stop, ask questions, and take pictures before going on to their destination. It was the children, with no destination, who would sit with me throughout the day. Despite fractured English and Xhosa, they too began to paint. The occasional young passerby armed with a paintbrush turned into a line of children between the ages of 2 to 14. They took ownership and what began as my mural evolved into theirs.
This experience evolved into creating an curriculum where I researched, wrote and piloted lessons addressed HIV and life skills through art.