Karori West Normal School—Navigators for Life Mural 2022

Concept

The Navigators for Life Mural is an awesome new collaborative mural project in conjunction with Karori West Normal School tamariki, with the support of parents and staff.

The students worked with Michel to create this epic piece, inspired by two films he was involved with in 2021:

– Whetū Mārama—Bright Star. A movie documenting the reclaiming of the lost art of traditional Māori voyaging through the Pacific (amazing co-directors Toby and Aileen).

– Ngā Tohunga Whakatere—The Navigators. Space Place’s immersive story of early navigation to Aotearoa through the eyes of budding navigator, Moko.

Painting-in-Progress January 2022

Here’s a sneak peek into a project we need more of!

The Karori West Normal School mural creation is a collaborative process, engaging and empowering Pacific students.

The positive behavioural changes of the tamariki involved after the initial stage of the project finished was remarked upon by the teachers. Awesome progress.

Using art as a form of therapy is pretty flippin cool, as is seeing autistic kids come out their shells, harass their folks to come and check out what they were doing, and growing all round good community vibes.

Stand by for more coming up on this project in the near future.

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