Today the Nānākuli Community came together to begin this amazing creative project! Over 75 participants teamed up into 4 groups to tackle phase 1 of this 3000 square foot mural at the Nānākuli Super! This mural represents UNITY, lead by District Representative Andria Tupola to bring the community, family and friends closer together through art. The mural was so graciously blessed by Kahu (priest) Kaleo Patterson before the process began. Dr. Patterson channeled the message of love and togetherness which really set the tone for this Aloha Aina mural project! Stay Tuned for more details.
Check out vlog post by Hawaii State House District 43 representative Andria Tupola proposing a mural project with Keep it Flowing for the island of Oahu in the Waianae & Nanakuli District! Thank you Andria for all your support! Stay Tuned!
Tomorrow we will unveil our 10th anti-meth mural at Kohala High School on the northern coast of the island of Hawaii. In twelve months we’ve completed ten Not Even Once Murals statewide thanks to the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations. Here are five reasons why we should keep creating more anti-meth murals.
- Our anti-meth murals stimulate dialogue about a critical issue that currently affects the wellbeing of our state. During the past three weeks we’ve been on tour painting anti-meth murals, there have been numerous news reports and features about meth dealing and addiction in Hawaii including these:
- Our mural-creation process builds bridges of activism. These anti-meth murals are just one piece of a larger program that raises awareness about the dangers of meth use through in class presentations and rallies organized by the Hawaii Meth Project. Students get involved in leading and organizing anti-meth rallies and other events to raise awareness about the dangers of meth at their schools and in their communities.
- Our anti-meth murals transform spaces into places where students hang out, take pictures and stage events. They beautify school grounds and add bright, uplifting splashes of color for the enjoyment of all at a minimal to no cost to schools.
- Our work shows youth one effective way of how to use art to raise awareness about critical social and cultural issues that impact our community.
- We use the restorative power of art to help break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities.
Five years ago Ken Nishimura, founder of Keep It Flowing, taught a calligraphy/handstyle workshop in Kauai where Trysen was one of his students. Trysen was 15 then. Now, Ken mentors him on the ins-and-outs of organizing a statewide mural program. Trysen is part of our Mentorship Program where we teach skills as diverse as fundraising, project management and mural painting. Ken also coaches Trysen in developing public speaking, presentation and organizational skills. Through NEOMP, Trysen has already witnessed the power of art as a vehicle for positively impacting communities. This season, the third NEOMP, Trysen wanted to take more of a leadership role. So, this time, hiscompany, TKay2 Designs, is partnering with NEOMP while Trysen takes all of his college classes online. Otherwise, he would be in Southern California where he is a sophomore at the Art Institute of California-San Diego. During this tour, Keep It Flowing and TKay2 Designs will paint four murals at four high schools on four islands in four weeks. Trysen is born and raised in Kauai where NEOMP received a proclamation from Mayor Bernard Carvahlo during our second NEOMP tour. Trysen was wholly responsible for informing the Mayor about our anti-meth mural project. We are excited to see what Trysen has up his sleeve next! Atres