Murals For Change was born with the focus of working with rural and regional communities as I have been raised in these environments my entire life (from far North Queensland to now residing in the hinterlands of Byron Bay). Growing up I felt as though the opportunities available to me were limited and that it was hard to think outside of the box. After enjoying a fruitful career as an Environmental Engineer, international model and travelling the world representing activist causes, I decided to become a mother and bring all of my skills together by founding a nonprofit organization, murals for change. This project matters to me personally because I had a special art teacher (my own mother) that handed me a paintbrush and showed/told me that I could paint a better world. and that belief in me gave me the courage to pursue my dreams. This is why we focus on children/adolescents.
Art has a way of decluttering complex issues, making it easier for us to understand. Through both collaborative and individual mural workshops we are able to raise our voices and amplify them in a public space, while connecting with like minded community. Together, we can paint a better world.
We focus on locally relevant, but globally scalable issues. Ultimately, Murals for Change is about true equality (& equity), and improving mental health. We choose a cause each month to campaign for which is decided approximately 6 months in advance to ensure adequate planning. This is largely dictated by priorities of the current climate which as we know, is ever changing.
Our founder, Montana Lower, grew up in small towns and experienced first hand the limited opportunities available to her due to the small population and distance to a capital city. Because of this, she is extremely passionate about bringing opportunities to regional towns and making sure that youth in particular know that THEIR VOICE MATTERS.
We are able to amplify our projects through enthusiastic social media channels, raising awareness for causes and proving the impact we can make when we come together and have the courage to put one foot forward. Through collaborating with local & online community members we are able to connect participants to services/support networks they may not have been aware of in their town (community groups, alternative therapies etc). We also hope to impart the skills and unique workshop model on local facilitators to encourage them to continue spreading the good work throughout their community. Long after we leave, the mural remains and reminds participants and the local community of how they do have the power to make a difference and that they are not alone.
Murals for Change is about true diversity and we believe this is only possible when money is taken out of the picture. We believe empowerment is a right for all, no matter who you are or where you’re from.
We believe in supporting the arts industry and appreciate the intensive commitment required to coordinate and uphold workshops and mural projects. Also, if you’ve ever been to an art shop you know - paints are expensive! We also aim to raise awareness and support the causes we are campaigning for by maximising our opportunities and distributing funds equally.
Murals for Change uses art activations to raise awareness for activist causes while encouraging tangible impact in communities. We do this through a variety of activities including collaborative mural workshops, individual mural projects/public space activations, online art therapy groups and ongoing support via social media activism and awareness where we collaborate with brands/media to amplify voices.
No! We use creativity and art to raise awareness for activist causes. We have done this through painting public murals (both collaborative and individual artists), online activations, graphic design and artwork, poster designs, personalized artworks, merchandise and more. We have a passion for creative concepts and are motivated to help you bring your dream to life.
The #sunflowerchallenge is a way to encourage people to give art a go. Over the years thousands of sunflowers have been sent in with heartwarming messages sharing how it inspired or reminded you of a part of yourselves that felt free and hopeful. This is the power of art therapy and is everything we hope to share with Murals for Change. You can participate in the challenge by painting a sunflower and uploading/tagging us via #sunflowerchallenge or #muralsforchange
Depending on the size of the wall, our collaborative mural workshops take from 2-3 days to complete. We incorporate unique mindfulness activities tailored to the group while working together to paint the mural.
In short - no. But we understand it can be intimidating to imagine painting an entire mural, and that’s the point! Our motto is, ‘you don’t need to be a professional to make a difference, you just need the courage to start’. Our collaborative mural workshops are designed to identify your unique qualities and show how when we work together we can achieve our dreams.
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We target byproducts of the painting industry, deterring paints from landfill. In the interest of the environment, we strive to utilize non toxic, NO VOC paints. Paints are dictated by budgets and availability and we are currently seeking a paint sponsor. Find out more on how you can get involved.
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