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Our “TolerART” project was created in cooperation with our foreign colleagues, who, like us, see in their environment the growing problem of a lack of tolerance and social dialogue and the inability to cope with the emotions of young people. Because we often feel unnoticed, deaf and overlooked, we manifest our views or emotions in a way that is not controlled by the system – by placing them on walls, walls, block facades or other places visible from afar. These “scrawls” as they were originally called, have in recent years gained the name – Street art. Their message is different, from insulting slogans to simply beautifying the surroundings (e. g. by covering destroyed buildings with large-format paintings), commemorating famous people and their actions, up to manifesting political views or finally raising social issues (Banksy’s works, Escif’s or the cult mural in Vilnius “Make everything great again”). Through our project we want to pay special attention to the street art phenomenon as a form of social communication. In the world of anaesthetics, biased media or spreading political propaganda, it is often the walls of big cities that are the carrier of real, dormant emotions. Therefore, this topic has become particularly interesting for us and we would like to confront it with foreign realities. Together with our foreign colleagues, we would like to raise the issue and genesis of street art, discuss the differences between art and vandalism and compare the works in our cities and the subject matter they refer to. This will increase our awareness and together we will be able to create a “Good Wall” mural on a school located in one of Krakow’s housing estates, which will increase the long-term educational effect on the entire local community and engage school children in the action. In our city, this is particularly important because most of the buildings around us are filled with slogans calling for racism, xenophobia or anti-Semitism. Moreover, we will learn the basics of good citizenship, care for our immediate environment, respect for social property and teamwork. Thanks to these activities we will also learn what activism and social identity is. We also want to raise awareness of the environment about the essence of tolerance and the importance and power of the Street art trend.

Check out some of the results of our project below.

This project has been financed by