Summer Art Cadets 2017 – Graffi-Teen Stairs
Since 2008, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has received generous support from Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art to hold a summer programme called the Summer Art Cadets. Its aim is to encourage children and teenagers to discover their creativity and ability through art making. It has become a special annual summer event for the Museum, bringing the joy of art to more than 245 children and teenagers from different communities and backgrounds.
This year, we partnered with Youth Outreach – School of Hip Hop to present graffiti and animation art as an alternative art form, which the participants learn to use as a non-verbal way to express themselves. Led by Alex Solis, a professional animation artist from the United States, 17 secondary school students tried out animation and learnt special drawing skills in our fulfilling programme. In addition, Terence, a local master in graffiti art, gave 23 primary school students a comprehensive course on graffiti painting and hip hop culture, resulting in some amazing graffiti art by the children.
In fun and laughter, our summer art programme has come to an end. The effort and creative works of all the participants are now displayed in City Dress Up: Blossoming Stairs, an outdoor art project of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The primary school students' graffiti works is displayed on a featured staircase at Tai Po Waterfront Park; the image of an animation created by the secondary school participants is shown on a staircase at the Hong Kong Coliseum. For more information, please visit www.blossomingstairs.hk.