EXPRESSIONs

Project Name: XPRESSIONS
Location: Various inner-city communities/Kingston
Supported by: Capoeira Alafia/GCC-J,
Johann Froescheis Lyra-Bleistift-Fabrik GmbH & Co.KG
Willstätterstr. 54-56
90449 Nürnberg, Germany

Implementation period: August 2007 - ongoing

Project Description: XPRESSIONS seeks to encourage inner-city students from Kingston to express themselves through drawing. Many students have difficulties articulating themselves verbally and are often too intimidated or afraid to talk about personal issues.

In “My worst violent experience” the students draw violent scenes they have experienced and can’t forget. Afterwards they present their drawings to the group and explain the situation and their feelings. Although almost all students seem to be traumatized by their experiences the results and cooperation have been amazing.
In “My biggest dream” the participants depict their goals and wishes and learn to focus on them. In the end of the session each one presents his drawing to the group explaining his dream and facilitating a discussion about how to realize it.

About 50 students between 8 and 20 years old participated in the project so far and showed great interest.

The sessions created an obvious relief for many participants who had never before talked about these experiences before. More sessions are to come offering different themes and facilitating the feelings and needs of Jamaican children and young adults.

Only with the kind support of the: Johann Froescheis Lyra-Bleistift-Fabrik GmbH & Co.KG, Willstätterstr. 54-56, 90449 Nürnberg – Germany, who donated pencils/erasers/sharpeners and drawing paper are we able to realize this project.

Media:

My Biggest Dreams
My Worst Violent Experience