September's Awesome Yerevan award goes to Mariam Safaryan and team of Luys Foundation Community members, to support the production of a street art wall called "Before I die."
The project has been implemented in over 20 languages and in over 50 countries; the first one being in New Orleans. Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house with chalkboard paint and stencilled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space. We hope that this project will unite the people of Yerevan into a community and they will start reflecting on what's truly important to them, what truly matters to them in their lives. It should also be noted that the text can vary. Examples are "Before I turn 100 I want to...", "Armenia would be a better place if...", "Yerevan would be a better place if..."In my Life I Hope to..."; The text can also be translate into Armenian instead so that it is more accessible to a wider mass.
Funded by Yerevan (October 2013)