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Italian artist Millo creates a mural on the wall of Kremenchuk juvenile detention facility

Kyiv, Ukraine 12 July 2017 - Author of the famous mural in Kyiv ‘Love Runs the World,’ Italian street artist Francisco Camillo Georgino, also known as Millo, has created a new mural titled ‘The Power of Imagination’ on the wall of the Kremenchuk juvenile detention facility. His visit to Ukraine was a part of a global social project, Mural Social Club: Back to School! initiative implemented in Ukraine and supported by UNICEF and Sky Art Foundation.

The detention facility in Kremenchuk is a special place for juveniles where they live and study temporarily as they develop life skills and prepare for the adult life. To help the teenagers to improve their artistic skills, the organizers implemented this activity in the juvenile detention facility.

Mural Social Club: Back to School! this project aims to bring more colour to the everyday life of juveniles with the help of street art. The artworks, especially those created by world famous artists, encourage and inspire inmates not only to paint but to apply creativity and imagination in other aspects of life. Millo has painted the mural ‘The Power of Imagination’ in his unique white and black style: a boy is sitting near a wooden plane which he constructed himself to emphasize that a child’s fantasy is limitless and everyone can choose any path in life and to become a pilot, plane engineer or astronaut.

In 2016-2017, UNICEF has partnered with All-Ukrainian Public Centre ‘Volunteer’ to implement a program for promoting tolerance and preventing conflicts resolution approaches called ‘Building a Future Together’ at six juvnile detention facilities in Ukraine. Under this program, UNICEF provided education on children’s rights, tolerance, positive approach to life and leadership in-order to relieve tension and limit conflicts amongst youth. Training of 46 staff of the juvenile facilities and 168 young people enabled more than 2,000 juveniles at the pre-trial detention centers to receive knowledge and skills under ‘Building Future Together’ program.

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The project “Mural Social Club: Back to School” is aimed at attaching artistic value and meaningfulness to buildings, whilst granting children and teenagers, an opportunity for creative development. Famous artists French Julien Malland and Ukrainian Oleg Sosnov initiated the “Mural Social Club: Back to School” project through the Sky Art Foundation. Creation of the mural on the
Kremenchuk juvenile penitentiary by Italian artist Millo has been possible in partnership with UNICEF Ukraine.

Sky Art Foundation was established in Ukraine in Autumn 2014 as a private initiative with the purpose of support and development of a new generation of Ukrainian artists, who work in the sphere of contemporary art, and also for promotion of international cultural exchange and integration of Ukrainian culture in the world art context. Fund actively carries out exhibition and charity activities, organizes international art projects, cultural events with a participation of Ukrainian painters and provides grants for talented artists.

For more information, please contact:
Olga Samoilova, UNICEF Ukraine, +38097 3333 925, osamoilova@unicef.org

 

 
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