#PaintTheChange - street art for social justice
Paint the Change is a global street art project for social justice. We believe that public art can play a powerful role in stimulating discussions around urgent social issues. A mural is not just a work of art: it becomes a social and digital event and a focus for dialogue and progress.
Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker, started the project in 2015 with a street art project and human rights campaign called Education Is Not A Crime. More than 40 murals were created on five continents over two years – with 21 in Harlem, New York – to raise awareness of education apartheid against the Baha'i religious minority in Iran.
Paint the Change most recently produced a mural by the English street artist Ben Eine featuring words taken from a poem by the Booker Prize-winning writer Ben Okri, on the 14 June 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, London, which killed more than 80 people and opened a national debate in the United Kingdom on housing and other social justice issues.
The mural memorialising the Grenfell Tower fire was just the beginning. Get in touch with us if you'd like to see a mural honouring the victims and survivors of the Grenfell tragedy in your part of London.