The National School of Arts got a makeover; now, the students are surrounded by bright, colourful elements that inspire them to explore their own talents.
Johannesburg, South Africa (23 August 2022) – Encouraging a love of the arts and nurturing South African talent through education is a priority for the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein. When Plascon offered to brighten up the school, everyone got involved!
Plascon’s motto ‘Together We Got This’ embodies the concept that we can do more when we do it together. The company invests in educational projects that bring people together. Like giving the National School of Arts a long-awaited makeover.
The school’s signage needed upgrading, and many of the rooms where young minds became inspired needed a new, brighter coat of paint. The biggest project of all was the grand foyer that the students worked on together to decorate.
Brenda Sakellarides, who is the creative Director at the National School of the Arts, was moved by the company’s recognition of the value the school brings to the community. She shared how emotional it made her seeing her students blossom and own their creative voices thanks to the makeover at the school. Not only that but also seeing the investment made into the artistic alumnus from the school.
Naledi Moleko is one of those alumni who has seen her dream become a reality. The school gave her the opportunity to grow as a student and embrace her artistic freedom. Her favourite way to express her artistic freedom is to turn her heritage and grasp of social issues into artworks.
When Plascon asked former students to submit mural ideas for the Newtown Junction, Naledi never imagined her’s would be selected. The project was part of a Youth Day upliftment, and Nadeli’s piece was all about embracing, highlighting vibrant colours and depicting the cultures of South Africa.
Seeing the artwork scaled up to fit an entire wall at the junction moved Naledi to tears. She had to take a moment to soak in the sight of her stunning mural being admired by people passing by.
Colour inspires us all, makes us happy and brightens one’s mood immensely. What is your favourite colour?