Raising money for Public Art in Lagos!

$1,555 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 44 months


Hello wonderful people-

Happy new year and happy new month!

My name is Shola Ajayi and I am working with some amazing folks to bring media and arts to youth from various communities in Lagos, Nigeria through The UR4Africa Project. The program has so many layers and so much potential!

We launched this program last year in September and had such a blast working with everyone. Check out our video here:


The purpose of this program is to do a series of project at least three times in a year. That way the students and artists gain different art and media skills, explore creative problem solving, and create a product that will engage and educate their peers and community members.
We are working in partnership with The Brooklyn Children's Museum and The Do Remember Me Project on a collaborative Health project. Our students will meet, collaborate, and create via the net! We are creating photo and video projects - cameras and computers have been provided by our partners!

So we need your help! There are so many things we need to help make this project a success.

We are trying to meet our $5,000 goal this time! This money will cover the bus to bring our artists to the schools we are working with, cover the cost of food for 11 days, cover the cost of fuel for a generator (check out the explanation in our fundraising video), and supplies.

If you can't donate money we definitely are in need of supplies. Here are the list of supplies that are on our website and supplies we'll need specifically for this project.

SD cards - 4GB-8GB
Flash Drives - 8GB
Big Roll of Clear Tape
Double AA batteries
Glossy Photo Paper 8x10

You can also link to our supply list on-line:

We also will have some amazing thank you gifts for your donations! If you make a $50 donation and up you will get a copy of the calendar the students create and a set of buttons they create too!

All our supporters get a special thanks in our media, on our website and will receive a poster of the kids!

Thank you so much!

Every little bit will go a long way!




First I was told to put this front and center for you all - the links:

UR4Africa: http://www.theur4africaproject.tumblr.com
PAP: http://www.thepublicartproject2013naija.tumblr.com
Videos: http://www.vimeo.com/ur4africa

So our project is called The Public Art Program (PAP), it is an art education and exchange program for Nigerian youth and local artists that seek to engage local Nigerian communities. PAP's primary objectives are inspiration, the development of new ideas and engaging one's community, which is rare for a youth program in a developing country. Our program is broken up into three phases, which gives our young creators an opportunity to learn about various ways to create art and communicate ideas (art and design, digital media, pedagogy, human rights, etc.) To learn more about how our program is broken up please go here.

We are piloting this program for the first time this September and October! We are still short on funds so any monetary support would be a great help -- even supporting us in our efforts to cut our costs for things such as food, fuel, and/or supplies will ensure our first year is successful. As a media educator I have seen first hand what programs such as PAP can do in the lives of young people and their communities. Join us! And please share and support our cause with others!

We are in need of:

A button maker and the materials needed to make it $200
Donations to cut our printing costs $600
Donations to cut our fuel costs for a generator $2,000
Donations to cut our food costs $3,900

Every little bit will go a long way. We know that if 500 people donate $10 dollars that we can make it! Donate and spread the word!

Thank you!

Olubusola 'Shola' Ajayi (Linkedin)

Co-Founder, The UR4Africa Project
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Update 47
Posted by Olubusola Ajayi
38 months ago
Hi folks! Check out one of our students - RIDWAN - introducing himself to the kids in the US (Brooklyn Children's Museum and The Do Remember Me Project)! Our students are so excited about making some new friends, learning from them and sharing with them. Its an exciting time! Exchanging ideas, stories, experiences! Please continue to throw support our way. We've managed to raise $1,395. Which is great! I know we'll get there. #watchIT #shareIT #supportIT #grateful #LoveUR4Africa
My name is Ridwan
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Update 46
Posted by Olubusola Ajayi
38 months ago
Today I got to work with our students from Meiran Community Junior HS. They are very excited to see their friends from Home Science and the artists that worked with them tomorrow! Today we talked about our dreams. Do you know they all looked at me like "What is she talking about?" when I asked them what their biggest dreams were? We had a long discussion about what we want with our lives and how important dreaming is! The bigger, the better! And this got their juices going. It was a sight to see. Check out a few pictures from our day today! We appreciate any support, so please tell your friends, tweet us, Facebook share us, and support us anyway you can! A little goes a long way.

#grateful #Idreamedadream #wewillgetthere #LoveUR4Africa
How was your day today?
I dream of being a pilot
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Update 45
Posted by Olubusola Ajayi
38 months ago
Hi everyone! Got a few pics for you! We met our students for the second program this weekend! They were so excited to hear about the new program.

An opportunity to work with other kids in the US and work with cameras! Very excited!

We also met a bunch of kids that wanted to register for the summer!!

Keep throwing your support this way! We are offering this program for free so every kid, no matter their class, get an opportunity to create and create something that will help someone else.

Every little bit helps. Spread the word and keep us in your thoughts.

Thank you!

#LoveUR4Africa #grateful
HS first day!
Home Science
MC first day!
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Update 44
Posted by Olubusola Ajayi
38 months ago
Today I had the pleasure of working with some amazing people that hope to do more than just teach young people art. We hope to teach them how to be problem solvers in their communities.

We talked about how many Nigerians do not care about their own lives. So if you don't care about yourself how can you care about the people around you? How can you care about your environment? Or your country?

Through the act of creating and collaborating we hope to instill in this generation of young Nigerians the importance of care for self, care for the people around you, care of strangers, care for your environment, and care for your country.

Each workshop, each retreat, each session brings us one day closer to change. And each project we do gives our young people access to the resources they need to see positive changes in their lives.

#Day2 #TheRetreat #WeDidIt #Finally #Nowletsgo #Share #Support #LoveUR4Africa
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$1,555 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 44 months
Created August 24, 2013
Sonel Weekes
34 months ago

Keep up the great work!! #highfive

gana gilkey
35 months ago

Shola ROCKS!

Hosea Johnson
35 months ago

thank you for all the good work you do!!!

Hosea Johnson
36 months ago

Hey Shola! :)!

37 months ago
Naiky Paradis
38 months ago

Its beyond me how amazing you and your team are.

Ranveig Nordgaard
39 months ago

Fantastic, Shola!!! Love your dedicated, idealistic work! But please do not spend a dime thanking me! Spend it all on the kids!

Angela Loiselle
39 months ago
Obehi Utubor
39 months ago
Mary Helen Specht and Tyler Smith
40 months ago
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