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SEN-1: Sierra Leone, Mini Show, Hip-Hop's 50th Anniversary

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Galerie d'Orsay New York street artist SEN-1 has had a busy 2023!

In April, he embarked with several international street artists to Sierra Leone with Last Night a DJ Saved my Life in collaboration with WAYouts Arts. Working alongside local artists, they crafted a powerful mural symbolizing Sierra Leone’s unity and resilience. This effort was part of the Street to Street - Sierra Leone campaign, aiming to empower underprivileged youth in the region.

WAYout Arts supports street, vulnerable, and conflict-affected young people through the arts. This groundbreaking project offers training, shelter, and the opportunity to drive social change through filmmaking and music. By promoting artistic freedom, education, and empowerment for the most marginalized young people, WAYout Arts help the excluded to re-engage. Last Night a DJ Saved my Life is a charitable foundation that creates fundraising initiatives to support grassroots projects that make a difference in the lives of children and young people in the UK and developing countries through the power of music and art.

SEN-1’s visit fostered cross-cultural exchange as he shared his techniques and inspiration with local artists. Along with respected UK street artists Inkie and Nicolas Dixon, and Ibizan artist Chapter, SEN-1 offered workshops for the local youth and worked together to paint the WAYout studio building with murals celebrating Sierra Leone’s rich cultural heritage and the strength of the Sierra Leonean people.

A colorful graffiti mural with lions heads and "Sierra Leone"
Sierra Leone Mural Collaboration, Photo courtesy of WAYout

The Street to Street campaign ignited conversations about shared heritage and aspirations and exemplified the transformative power of art to bridge cultures and bring hope to underserved communities. Through collaborating with this meaningful project, SEN-1 left a lasting impact on Sierra Leone’s youth, illustrating how art can make a difference in the lives of those in need.

You can donate to the Street to Street campaign with proceeds supporting educational and empowerment projects for children here:

SEN-1 in his studio with his street art surrounding him
SEN-1 in his studio, Photo by Ben Flythe

After returning to his home in New York, SEN-1's been hard at work in the studio creating new art for our Galerie d’Orsay community and has recently sent us an incredible collection. We’ve put together a captivating mini-show of his newest work which will remain up through mid-August. Galerie d’Orsay will also welcome the artist for a reception at the end of October — celebrating both SEN-1’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop!

Stop by the gallery to check out SEN-1's new work!

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