Sparking transformation
through creative engagement

What We Do


Build community

Our participatory approach engages with a range of societal actors in a series of discussions which allow them to communicate and connect around shared values, responsibilities and interests. We strive for the equal inclusion of actors from all sectors of society in our programs, challenging harmful power dynamics to build a more just community.

Develop partnerships

We work with international and local partners to build local capacity and increase sustainability of our work through local ownership.

Provide tools to create solution-oriented art

Using the medium of community-based public art, we create a platform for adolescents and community leaders to represent issues and values that are important to them. We focus on imagery that is based on what the community desires to promote in society as opposed to what they desire to prevent. This approach successfully promotes local strength, resilience, leadership and assets-focused thinking..

Facilitate opportunities for healing, relationship -building and knowledge -building

We create safe relational spaces which promote emotional expression and creativity. Within these spaces we provide arts-based programming that focuses on social and emotional learning, is therapeutic, and that builds capacity for critical reflection.

Learn About Our Impact

How We Do It


Collaborate with local communities

Provide psychosocial arts-based programming

Colors of Connection has developed a strong project model that integrates community-formulated approaches to programming. All projects are guided by local leaders in the communities who form a community arts council and are regularly consulted for input. Our model invites a participatory approach enabling the curriculum and program design to be meaningful and contextually appropriate to the communities with which we work.

Create public murals

The projects culminate in the creation of murals in public spaces in the community by the youth participants. The murals are collaboratively designed with local leaders and project participants to address concerns around a specific issue raised by community leaders, using positive imagery which portrays community-based solutions.

Our programs train groups of thirty to forty vulnerable young people over a period of three to four months in a psychosocial arts-based program. The youth learn new skills in painting and drawing, participate in activities designed to encourage reflection and emotional expression, build knowledge around important issues in the community, and engage in relationship-building activities.

Our Projects

Our Progress

8 projects located in refugee camps and post-war areas in Sub-Saharan Africa

directly benefiting 205 young people

and reaching an estimated 100,000 residents through a public mural-making process


Walls that
Speak


View the Murals






Meet Local Youth Artivists

Colors of Connection’s projects are designed to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the youth we work with, instilling inner resources and knowledge that they can carry with them and build on through their life’s journey. The strength and resilience of these youth inspire us on a daily basis.

Why We Engage Through Art

We’re Committed to Playing Our Part

Through our unique arts-based approach Colors of Connection is filling a gap in services provided by the international aid and development sector for conflict-affected individuals and communities. We align our activities with the larger guiding framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seek to add value to the sectors in which we work. As an organization that works specifically in low-income conflict-affected countries, we aim to play our role in helping achieve the United Nations SDG 2030 agenda.

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