Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Eye-catching murals are not the only things the Returning To School project aims to bring to Brazilian schoolrooms. Célio, the mononymous muralist, creator, and curator of Voltando à Escola, wants to evoke a sense of pride and curiosity in children. Lamenting the often “prison-like” appearance of many public schools, Célio and his group of street artists inject life, color and excitement into the school buildings, classrooms, and outdoor playground areas, fostering a deep sense of connection in the children who learn there. With 40 schools already beautified, Célio and his graffiti crew hope to expand their reach to all of Brazil.