Despite the dangerous and seedy reputation that favelas have in Rio de Janeiro, it is from these self-governing communities that some of the most influential urban artists and cutting edge musicians have emerged. With their status as isolated ghettos, these neighborhoods seem to need just a little positive reinforcement to show some signs of hope for humane living.
This is the kind of attention the most recent Kickstarter project is trying to accomplish through the innovative thinking of Dutch artists Haas & Hahn. They visited the favelas of Rio in 2005 and wanted to reach these communities through the creative process of painting the neighborhoods. The goal is to “provide an opportunity for people to transform their own neighborhood from a place seen as negative to a place that is able to communicate its creativity, beauty and innovation to the outside world through art.”
Through this Kickstarter project, donations are being collected for the realization of this endeavor.