Art, they say, is a universal language that can be understood by anyone; Art passed deep messages in beautiful mediums. And this is why there is a new mural in Kingston that is dedicated to the environment; and it’s been commissioned by the Kingston Creatives participants.
Kingston Creative is a non-profit organization that intends to position Kingston as the Creative Capital of the Caribbean.
Due to the magnitude of their mission, the Kingston creatives started their movement the best way Jamaicans know-how, by making noise; vibrant art and murals in and around the capital city, done by Jamaican creatives.
The Creatives have also engaged key stakeholders in the community, government, academia and the private sector; to support the vision of creating an art district and hub for creative entrepreneurs in and around downtown Kingston; over the next five to ten years.
Some donors include Red Stripe, Grace Kennedy, Swiss Stores, and more recently, Blue Mahoe Capitals.
The Creatives also offers a creative hub and coworking space that’s open to the public.
And, over the past few weeks, a new mural has been installed over the gully on South Camp Road; with environmental themes and a strident message: ‘No Dumping!’
Lead artist Charl Baker says; ‘As an artist a big part of my personal mantra has been ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, I have always been cognisant of trying to reduce my carbon footprint.’
‘Each one of us can play our part to make a difference in the way we treat our environment and show we care by being the change we want to see.’
Fabian White, a painter from the adjoining Rae Town community; along with his sons Ricky and Richie White, also assisted Baker on this mural.
The mural was created as part of the Paint the City initiative led by arts non-profit Kingston Creative and was completed in time for Earth Day which falls on April 22.
The mural is sponsored by the Grace Kennedy Foundation, ICD Holdings, the Multicare Foundation and Sherwin Williams Limited.