UWI Speak Re Unveiling of The UWI Peace Mural
The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia Unveils Nobel Laureate Peace Mural
The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia Youth Peace Forum and Art for Social Change Project which began on Wednesday 22nd January, 2014, culminated on Tuesday 28th January with the unveiling of a "Peace Mural" painted on the walls of the Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School.
The short yet poignant ceremony which proceeded the official unveiling was attended by H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, Honourable Lorne Theophilus, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, District II Education Officer Ms. Martha Foster and Mrs Veronica Simon Head, UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia along with representatives from several other supporting organisations.
Present also was the entire, perfectly behaved student body of the Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School who raised their voices ever so sweetly in song as they serenaded those present with the song “Peace is Flowing Like A River” chosen specially for the occasion.
Jointly sponsored by 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, The OECS Juvenile Reform Project, Alliance Francaise de Sainte Lucie and The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, the project aims to bring about positive social and behavioural change amongst St. Lucian youth through their involvement in the arts.
Of note is the fact that the images represented on the wall are the collaborative effort of those young persons who attended the initial Youth Peace Forum and put their ideas about peace down on paper. These ideas were in turn brought to life by 4 Kouleur Grafik, a group of young, talented Graffiti Artists from Guadeloupe, assisted by a number of youngsters from the community. The initiative forms part of a year long “Art for Social Change” project which aims at creating community friendly spaces throughout the island.