Spring of this year, my son Duke and I traveled to the Western Cape of South Africa to participate in a global art project to help the small town of Melkhoutfontein affected by the vestiges of apartheid. Working through Dreamcatcher Foundation South Africa, our goal was to use the common language of art and Duke's sport of parkour to connect with people of the village and join them in their effort to develop economic opportunities through tourism. The mural project now includes over 15 works on homes and public spaces. Each of the murals depicts a story from a significant point in history about the people of Melkhoutfontein. Painted by artists from around the globe, the murals enhance the town’s vibrant awakening and opportunities to provide an enriching rural stay experience for travelers looking for authenticity. Duke's first painting ever was the mural he created with the input and approval of residents of the house he worked on. And, he had a parade of kids following him wherever he went, begging a parkour stunt.
Project Launch Quest —Art and Parkour Connecting Globally
The day is upon us in short order. In less than 24 hours, Duke and I will be departing for leg one and two of our four legged Humanitarian outreach project, Launch Quest. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=16778
Thanks to generous donors, we were able to raise enough money to cover our airfare to The Western Cape to work with Dreamcatcher South Africa Foundation and the people of Melkhoutfontein on a mural project to help ignite an awakening of important historical and cultural events in the town, and add to their tourism economy. To prepare, we were assigned three scenarios to depict important events on the sides of houses offered up by villagers as our canvas. We will adjust from input once we get there. It will be interesting to see how this develops. You can watch our progress on our blog here.