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    Brightening up the Nakivale Library

    Day 42

    A Pop of Color

    The Nakivale library is nicely outfitted on the inside. Filled with books, tables, all sorts of wonderful things people need to learn. Now we shift our focus to the outside of the building. We all know you can’t judge a book by its cover but a building does always look more appealing with some nice paint!

    For creating an attractive, vibrant sense of place, wall art in a community is as important as appealing as a good storefront. It adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. It is now a well-accepted principle of urban design that public art contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Murals create a tangible sense of place, destination, resulting in increased foot traffic while adding color, vibrancy, and character to the structure and community.

    Public art plays a vital role in public space because it adds creativity to the space and gives the public space a focus and contributes to inclusive spaces which can lead to engagement with art and people in the community.

    Through partnership and engagement with local artists in Nakivale refugee settlement, we designed three different face murals on the adult library, this was intended to show the quality of services offered at the library and encourage more customers to use the library.

    “The first-time l saw the wall-art genesis, l eagerly waited for the finished phrase, wow, it’s worth the wait!! it is very informative. “it will kindle more reading habits in our community”. says Mr. Mohamod Qorsherl, a 54-year-old Somali Research Student and regular reader.

    Incredible work team! Way to brighten up the library!

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