At the end of January 2014, the Alliance française of Saint Lucia was pleased to take part in a very unique project : the coming of renown guadeloupean artists from « 4 Kouleurs Grafics », a street art organization. A coherent team composed by four graphic art and urban arts lovers ,strongly influenced by hip-hop culture. This meeting could have never been held without the crucial initiative of the Nobel Laureate Committee and the supports from OECS and the UWI Open Campus. This unique project aimed at forging new paths and bringing new perspectives and opportunities, as a way to promote dialogue between caribbean islands through artistic expression.
The first event which was held on January 23rd, at the Alliance française building, was a big affair: starting early afternoon with the set up of their exhibition, the group then led an introduction to graff through a workshop with the youth. Following was held a public projection of their documentary « Nou Yorkers, » which ended with a discussion between the audience and the performers. Finally, in the evening, visitors and students gathered to witness a great live artwork, the creation of a mural. A very intense and inspired performance, during which was displayed a powerful chemistry of colors, which added to the delight. In doing so, they graced the audience with a unique performance which highlights the potential of a connection between Guadeloupe – Saint Lucia. A strong message that the Alliance française of Saint-Lucia had the honor to share. This first even was only the beginning, in order to introduce and showcase the group to St. Lucian community.
Indeed, in the days that followed, the group visited communities working on workshops with the youth, still with the aim to generate awareness and interest in this street art culture. The project, led by both the cultural coordination of Alliance française and Kentilla Louis (Theatre Arts Curriculum Officer Ministry of Education), was meant to create a contact with troubled youth, particularly knowing the context of violence and high juvenile crime that presently experiences Saint Lucia. The strength of this approach is the awareness that we can bring to young people with a positive, useful, creative and virtuous message. The goal is social and behavioral changes, with a promotion of knowledges, peace and respect through culture and visual art.
The 4KG collective concluded its work in Saint Lucia with the production of a large mural in Conway, on the walls of the Methodist school of Castries. This work was carried out with the participation of young people who have worked hand in hand with the team. The official inauguration of this mural was done at school in the presence of the Governor General, the youth, 4KG themselves, and all project partners.