One of the young artists working on one of the boulders at the main conference venue
APIA: WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST 2014: A team of young Samoan artists work will be featured prominently at the SIDS Conference venue. Faagalo Siteni from Laulii is a student of Leulumoega Fou School of Fine Arts. He along with his classmates have been painting the boulders at the venue and created a floating island which will be a major feature at the conference.
“I never ever thought I would be part of this important meeting. As a young artist there are not many avenues for us to exhibit and show our work, but YEP has given me this platform and I am appreciative,” said Siteni.
He is part of the Youth Employment Programme (YEP) funded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
YEP Arts is spearheaded by the Small Business Enterprise Centre and implemented in partnership with the Samoa Arts Council. “YEP has been an excellent opportunity for young people to showcase their creativity and at the same time for UN Agencies and local counterparts to exhibit partnerships,” said Peseta Margaret Malua, CEO of SBEC.
Over sixty five young artists are taking part in YEP, and it includes students from the National University of Samoa, Leulumoega Fou School of Fine Arts and the Laumua o Punaoa Institute at Faleula are showcasing their paintings, sculptors and other fine arts in the SIDS Village and in the conference venue.