STREET TO STREET
Raising funds to support the living & educational cost of children that have experienced social exclusion and severe trauma at Angelsgate home for street involved children in Tanzania, Africa
Street to Street is a new LNADJ art project that was launched in 2019 with the collaborative efforts of Ambassador Paul Dizzy Saunders from London Westbank.
Our aim is to engage with street artists; creating art to support young people and communities that face social exclusion and trauma.
The project engages high profile international street artists to raise awareness & funds through the street / urban art community. The first phase was launched on Jan 27th 2019 with the help of local graffiti artist group Wachata crew and renowned artists Inkie, George ‘SEN-1’ Morillo (New York), Nicolas Dixon & Chapter ; who travelled to Tanzania to help develop the creative skills of the young people from a street involved boys home called Angelsgate, which houses around 26 lads aged 8-18 most of which have had a harsh beginning on the streets from Sex Slavery through to Heroin addiction at ages as young as 11.
The artists and young people also created collaborative pieces of art on the walls on the new, LNADJ music school which was funded by Loopmasters, who are also supporting this phase of the project.
This provides them with various skills to enable them to set up small businesses such as screen printing, mural painting etc. helping them to support themselves & their community.
All of the artists have donated a piece of their artwork which will be auctioned online through LNADJ/Westbank to self-fund this art project, materials and the travel costs involved. Funds raised above the project budget will be also used to fund the Angelsgate home.
With on-going counselling, home education, and school education and 24 hour access to on-site ‘big brothers’ and carers, the centre does its best to help the boys to heal, and move on from where they have been, both physically, and mentally.
Angelsgate pioneered a very new approach in Tanzania, using male carers, instead of the typical women. They discovered that these ‘big brothers’ as they are called, interact better with the boys, and in return the boys open up in a better way too.
Some boys can’t manage at school after everything they have faced, and so options for vocational training, or artistic pursuits are also a necessity for their fresh start in life.
The first phase of the project inspired many more artists to get involved and become a part of the Art auction, Smile Britannia, due to be hosted in London at the end of 2019. This follows on from the success of the first Smile Britannia charity art auction in the Houses of Parliament, hosted by MP Mike Weatherby in 2013, which raised over £80,000 and featured pieces by Banksy, Nick Walker and the first graffiti painting in the House of Parliament, by Inkie himself. Buyers included DJ Fatboy Slim.
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