Usually when it comes to talking about graffiti art, it's a moral discussion about property rights or freedom of expression. In the case of the Little Lotus Project, it's definitely a moral cause, but of a different nature entirely: bringing creativity to impoverished children a world away. The Project sends street artists to paint murals on schools in the Thai/Burma border region where Burmese refugee and migrant families have made a new life.
In 2010, four artists from New Zealand traveled to the region to paint murals. Through SpinningTop, a charity that "gives balance to vulnerable children," seven international street artists traveled to the region this month to continue the artistic endeavor and to engage the children in fun and educational art projects. Read more about the most recent project and trip here.
It's great to see street artists getting out of their normal cities and canvases and into environments where beautification of structures is a luxury. The fantastic artists in the Little Lotus Project are a cross-section from varying mediums, including:
Angry Woebots, who spraypaints the cutest angry pandas I've ever seen.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.