Youths from Mañe’lu and Opake have completed a mural at the Guam Premier Outlets (facing the back of Lone Star Steakhouse) which marks the culmination of the skills they learned through various art workshops earlier this year.
Mañe’lu is a local nonprofit that has been educating and empowering children and families to change their lives for the better for over 15 years, while Opake is a socially-conscious local clothing company.
The project serves to give under-served youths an opportunity to beautify Guam with a new mural, while using the skills they learned during their art workshops.
Through the support of a grant from the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, Mañe’lu partnered with various local artists, including the Opake team, to hold art workshops in some of the island’s low to moderate-income housing areas during the first three months of 2019.
The art workshops — which included street art, photography and spoken work — culminated in an art show that was held in April.
During the art workshops, GPO was inspired by the work done in the community and the art created by the Mañe’lu youth. GPO has since supported the organization and its efforts by holding a mini Mañe’lu art exhibit in a kiosk above the food court.
The work on the GPO mural started last weekend, with GPO, Mañe’lu and Opake partnering to give youths from three different communities the opportunity to join together and paint a mural.
According to the organizers, the GPO mural has been a great opportunity to bring together youths from different parts of the island and unite them through positive activity.
GPO and Opake worked together to bring the mural concept to life, and Opake has continued to mentor the youths who started with them in the art workshops as they complete this large endeavor.