AfroChangeMakers Live @ TED

On February 7th 2017, TED came to Nairobi. The ubiquitous platform that brings together a heady mix of science, tech, dreaming, possibility and pluralism, was in Nairobi searching for African ideas ahead of the 2017 TED Global, slated for Arusha Tanzania later this year.

Why Kenya’s Houses Of Worship Are Getting A Yellow Makeover

Several mosques and churches across Kenya are getting a fresh coat of paint as part of an interfaith initiative to sow peace in the region.

The “Colour in Faith” initiative, spearheaded by artist Yazmany Arboleda, is helping Muslim and Christian congregations paint their houses of worship yellow. It’s a simple act they hope will send a profound message of love and cooperation.

“One of the premises of our art is that by working together ― putting a paintbrush to a wall ― with people who believe differently than one does, one builds bridges of understanding,” Arboleda told The Huffington Post.

Mellow yellow: Kenya's mosques and churches painted 'in the name of love'

The Colombian-American artist Yazmany Arboleda is painting the city of Nairobi yellow – or at least its houses of worship. As part of his public art project Colour in Faith, religious buildings from mosques to churches are being washed in lemon yellow as a symbol of peace among all religions.

“The goal was to take houses of worship in Kenya and paint them yellow in the name of love,” says Arboleda from his studio in New York City. “The idea from the beginning was to turn buildings into sculptures that speak to our shared humanity.”

ART STARTUP AIMS TO UNITE COMMUNITIES

In Nairobi, Kenya, 25 houses of worship—from mosques to synagogues to Christian churches—are being painted yellow, a color that often represents harmony and optimism.

The community interfaith project, known as Colour in Faith, was initiated by the co-founders of limeSHIFT, an MIT Sloan alumnae-founded company that creates art designed to build culture and empower people.

MIT grad helps companies make awesome art to improve office culture

“When you walk into the Fort Point offices of apparel company Life is Good, one of the first things you’ll notice is a large collage of the employees’ faces, wrapped around a stairwell.

Some of the workers in the collage make goofy smiles, while others feign surprise or sadness, and the entire piece appears to be dripping with bright yellow paint — Life is Good’s signature color.”

Brand School / Life is Good

How a 22-year-old apparel company helped employees find their inner artist.

The 22-year-old apparel company Life is Good sells a particular kind of brand: optimism. Based in Boston and distributed in 4,500 stores worldwide, their clothing and accessories are embellished with quotes like “All Together Now,” “Positive,” and, of course “Life is Good.” It’s a fitting outlook in an era of intentional, human-centered mindfulness. Life is Good wants you to wear your emotions on your sleeve, and they don’t mind employees doing the same around their headquarters. Keen to abate what inevitably becomes dull office life, the brand collaborated with limeSHIFT—a startup team largely made up of MIT Sloan grads taking the lessons from the art world and applying them to corporate life—for a pilot engagement. limeSHIFT member and public artist Yazmany Arboleda was tapped to create living installations and foster an ongoing sense of engagement in the space. We chatted with Colleen Clark, Life is Good’s Director of Optimistic People, about the ambitious, culture-deepening program designed to help employees find their inner artist.”

5 Events to Check out at ArtWeek Boston 2016

“2. Art + Business: Making to Lead The Life is Good headquarters in Fort Point will join forces with limeSHIFT to host a panel, tour, and art activity for professionals looking to incorporate art into their business environment. In their discussion, they will talk about how art can build community, improve a business space, and empower employees within a company. Find out the ways art and business can can work harmoniously to create a unique culture.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MADE IN NY GRANTEES AND FELLOWS!

“The Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation Announce New Grants and Fellowships

We are proud to announce alongside the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the first recipients of the Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grants and the Made in NY Fellowships. Funded by MOME, these two programs aim to support the selected businesses to turn their projects into reality. The selected projects were selected based on their uniqueness, feasibility and professionalism.

Congratulations to all the selected teams! We look forward to see your progress and how you will contribute to the diverse media + tech community of New York City.”