Dunedin artist Aroha Novak works on a stencil for a planned
community art wall in Wilkie Rd. Photo by Jonathan
A South Dunedin schoolgirl's dream of an art wall for
disadvantaged youth is one step closer to completion.
Earlier this year, The Star did a story on Otago
Girls' High School pupil and former Youth MP Bokyong Mun's
idea to turn a blank wall in Wilkie Rd into an art wall where
youth could express their thoughts and feelings.
After seeing the article, local artist Aroha Novak got in
touch with Bokyong and volunteered her services.
She had brought four other local artists on board and would
be holding workshops with children from eight different
The children will be taught art skills and asked to come up
with ideas for what the mural should look like.
The painting of the mural is due to take place in Youth Week,
which runs from May 17 to 25.
The theme for the 2014 Youth Week is ''be the change'' and
the mural will reflect this with a scene that shows the
transition from night to day.
The idea was chosen because it was an obvious change that
everyone experienced each day.
The mural will be painted by the children and touched up by
Dunedin-based youth development group Malcam Charitable Trust
has also got involved.
Malcam trust project co-ordinator Michela Carrington said the
trust had already been working with the police on a similar
project at Bathgate Park School.
However, this had fallen through and the trust had been
pleased to hear about Bokyong's idea.
''The really cool thing about this is that three different
forces have come together as one,'' she said.
Bokyong was pleased to see her art-wall idea unfolding.
''I'm watching and hoping that everything falls into place,''
The first art workshop was held on Tuesday.