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October 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

HOPE LIVES HERE

PAINT JAMAICA and plant jamaica - uplifting kingston's inner cities

 

 

PAINT JAMAICA AT 41 FLEET STREET

 

The Paint Jamaica project started in July 2014 when a group of Jamaican artists and a French traveler got together and decided to bring art into the streets of Kingston in unexpected ways and in unexpected places.The idea at heart was to change and revolutionize the relationship between art, talent and society. However, along with creative expression, Paint Jamaica had a greater social cause which was to change the negative stigma around Kingston's inner cities. With this vision in mind, the team embarked on a ten day project of beautifying the walls of a gigantic abandoned warehouse at 41 Fleet Street in Parade Gardens- an inner city that few Kingstonians had been to, yet even heard of.

For over a month, prior to bringing brush-to-wall, the Paint Jamaica team had been connecting with the residents of Parade Gardens to understand their aspirations. This feedback translated into dazzling murals with positive and uplifting messages designed by talented artists who rolled in from all over Kingston...

Paint Jamaica thus grew and evolved into a movement of democratic art and as a true community project, engaging volunteers of all backgrounds and the residents of Parade Gardens. Hand in hand, they transformed an abandoned space into a new street art landmark: 41 Fleet Street.

 

PAINT JAMAICA IS BACK... AND NEEDS YOUR HELP!


Seeing the positive impact this first project was able to deliver, they are now moving onto the second initiative which promises to be just as exciting and uplifting as the first.

But need YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS A REALITY.

How? Donate or mobilize and organize your own fundraiser for Paint Jamaica.

Click here to go to their CrowdRise page to DONATE 


THANK YOU & LET'S MAKE THIS DREAM BECOME A REALITY, TOGETHER!

For any questions, contact PAINT JAMAICA at paintjamaica@gmail.com

Follow the project at www.facebook.com/paintjamaica

Love & blessings
#paintjamaica #openyourwalls

 

 

 

PLANT JAMAICA AT LIFE YARD

THE STORY:

 

Plant Jamaica is an evolving movement that is creating sustainable farms and green spaces in some of Jamaica’s inner-city communities. Transforming downtown with farmers, artists and education, the genesis of Plant Jamaica followed the acclaimed Paint Jamaica project, an initiative conceptualized by Marianna Farag. Coupled with the help of talented local artists and a crowd-funding campaign, Farag's Paint Jamaica began to transform and beautify the Parade Gardens environs through street art.

On the heels of the completion of Paint Jamaica's first project at 41 Fleet Street, Plant Jamaica - Founded by Andrew Bruce, kicked off its activities with two successful working weekends in August and September. Plant Jamaica began at a site known as "Life Yard", where behind zinc fence walls, a collective of humble local residents have turned a former dump into a farm and community space. Engendered by the spirit of community development from the ground upwards, Plant Jamaica has taken up the challenge to uplift the neighborhood, beginning with 41 Fleet Street, with the hope of leaving a green thumbprint in this heavily stigmatized area, already challenged by a staggering negative reputation.

The Life Yard family has a small and simple concrete structure where they cook and "eat what they grow, grow what they eat." These community members strive to cultivate a fertile land and provide much needed relief to other residents by being allowing them to pick fresh fruits or vegetables from the trees to eat. With the progress observed throughout the recent Plant Jamaica sessions, these gentlemen will soon be in a position to operate a natural juice bar and food shop from the premises, using produce they have grown themselves. 

In working with the Life Yard family and other members of the community, the sustainability of the project will be a matter of education through application, specifically by identifying the strengths of these young men and other members of the Parade Gardens area, and adapting their talents to tested business models. The people of this marginalized neighbourhood will have new role models by seeing individuals from their very own community becoming successful and inspiring agents of change.  

The accomplishments of Plant Jamaica thus far will continue to be reinvested into the Life Yard space to include: a farm, market, ital food shop, juice bar, and a jewellery artist’s workshop. There will also be a hip and affordable furniture line using reclaimed items as well as a bed and breakfast in the garden. Future plans for the project’s expansion include: a farm and garden within the Holy Family Primary School and an outdoor art park with an exercise course concept at 41 Fleet Street.

The Plant Jamaica administration has created a crowd funding page at https://www.crowdrise.com/plantjamaicaup. The funds raised will be used to help this community generate livelihoods for its people and support the implementation of infrastructure improvements. Life Yard and 41 Fleet street will become a cultural oasis in the  heart of Parade Gardens where emerging talent from all over can be discovered.

 “I can say with confidence that Plant Jamaica will create a model of what can be done in downtown Kingston in a cool, inexpensive, innovative and environmentally-rich way that is interesting to all. It will provide a spark and blueprint for others to be inspired and equally as importantly for others to want to lead in other areas of the country where suited.” Andrew Bruce, Founder of Plant Jamaica.

For more information:

Andrew Bruce ajmbruce@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/PlantJamaica

 

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