Transparency International’s chapter in the Dominican Republic, Participación Ciudadana, has taken its fight to the streets of the capital city – or rather the city’s street walls – as a form of non-violent protest against corruption, particularly the kind that goes unpunished.
The “Lend me your wall” (Préstame tu pared) campaign, which also focuses on human rights, is calling on young people in the city to use their creative flair and do the painting, while members of the public who own property are encouraged to donate a wall of their house or office.
Participación Ciudadana hopes this expressive form of participation will bring citizens face-to-face with issues around corruption and help promote the wisdom of icons who have spoken out against it.
So far, 20 walls have been painted in the capital Santo Domingo and there’s no sign of things slowing down.
Nowadays we focus too much on virtual walls, like on Facebook. We want to start a movement using real walls so the message can’t get lost. We want street art to become viral. Now we’ve got many walls, but are lacking artists to paint them all!
After the chapter got the go-ahead for a few initial walls to be painted, young volunteers were taught the basics of street art and got to work with materials we gave them. We also encouraged the use of recycled materials where possible.
The owner of each wall comes up with the idea they’d like to see depicted, and the team of young artists then transform that idea into a striking mural.
To see more of the murals, click here.
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