The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) is seeking donations for the purchase of acrylic paint (whatever you can afford to give). Donations of acrylic paints are welcome and preferred rather than money.
This donation will assist fourth and fifth form students from several schools, along with other invited artist with their murals. These students and other artist are taking part in the AHF’s “Liberty Murals” initiative.
Mural presently being done by St. Michael School students. This mural juxtaposes traditional and modern Africa.
A growing body of research has positively identified murals with social, cultural and economic benefits as well as positive mental health. Murals have the added benefit of intersectionality which means, they promote these characteristics simultaneously in a synergistic way.
Murals offer accessibility to art and creative expression without the cost and class based barriers associated with museums and galleries. Public art initiatives such as ‘Liberty Murals” have been identified as an equity advancement strategy for economic development of at risk communities.
Due to their visual aesthetics murals promote a sense of identity, belonging, attachment, welcoming and openness. They also create a tangible sense of place, destination resulting in increased foot traffic while adding colour, vibrancy and character to the urban environment.
The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) intends to use its headquarters (Liberty House) to facilitate the painting of at least twenty murals. The AHF is at present leasing a house that was unoccupied for the greater part of fifteen years to facilitate use for its headquarters and several of its community empowerment initiatives. The house has numerous wall spaces that can facilitate mural painting.
It is intended that artists of various ages be invited to paint a mural on a wall space allocated by the AHF at Liberty House. The public will have free access to “Liberty Murals”. A donation box will be present at the entrance of Liberty House to facilitate donations from persons visiting Liberty House to view the murals and who wish to support the initiative. Donations will be shared equally every two months between the AHF and mural artists. Pictures of the murals will also be taken to be used to create prints and greeting cards. Profits from the sale of those items will be shared equally between the AHF and artist.
“Liberty Murals” is intended to attract the attention of many visitors and residents alike.
- To create a model of a space that was abandoned using art to advance community empowerment initiatives.
- To give more exposure to Barbadian artist locally, regionally and internationally.
- To facilitate early exposure of young artist.
- To create revenue for participating artist.
- To create revenue for the AHF that will assist with its other community social engineering initiatives.
- To help build a greater awareness of African culture and history through art.
Artist: Kwami Hunte.
Short Term: 1-2 years
- To efficiently promote, and market “Liberty Murals” on local, regional and international scales.
- To have “Liberty House” included in Barbados Tourist Authority’s marketing of places tourist should visit.
- To use the attraction of “Liberty murals” to influence a community market.
- To meet with government and the private sector on making this a national project.
Long Term: 3-5 years
- To manage similar spaces across the island.
- To influence similar initiatives in the region.
- To have an exchange mural project done with an African country.
Businesses donating $500 or more to “Liberty Murals “will be awarded one of the walls in “Liberty Murals”. This means your wall will feature a plaque that says sponsored by, (your business). As noted previously pictures of the murals will be taken for the production of greeting cards and prints. Each card and print will feature the name of artist, name of mural and the sponsor of the mural.
Persons or businesses making donations of $20 or more will have the opportunity to sign their names on the wall which will be called “Ubuntu”. “Ubuntu” is an African terminology that signifies the interdependence of people and their essential need for one another. This wall signifies that without your donation or rather participation in “Liberty Murals”, success would not have been achieved.
Each $20 donated buys the AHF one container of paint that will be used by the artist.
Donations to date:
Three hardware stores have come on board thus far and have sponsored primer and brushes that have allowed walls to be prepared for the murals and the initiative to commence. Lumber was donated by one hardware which will be utilized for the repair of two rooms in the building. These rooms will together house 8 of the murals in this initiative.
Along with paint purchased by the AHF, students who have started their mural have been using their own paint brought from their homes. Help the AHF help these young artist, who are making an effort to help themselves through this initiative, by making a donation to the project.
Timeline for completion of “Liberty Murals”.
It is intended that ‘Liberty Murals” be officially ready to open by, or on Emancipation Day (August 1st) 2019.
The AHF can be contacted at, Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone or Whatsapp: 246 – 260 – 4795
Mailing address: “Liberty House”, Emerald, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.
Donations from persons not residing in Barbados can be made through the AHF’s PayPal account.
The AHF thanks you for your donation to “Liberty Murals”.
African Heritage Foundation.