Speaking to MaltaToday, Antonella Grech, a teacher who participated in the project, strongly believed that it succeeds as a community outreach exercise. Having selected the painting ‘View of the Three Cities from Valletta (late 18th-early 19th century) by Louis Ducros as her favourite piece, Grech described the part of Valletta depicted in the painting as ” a distinctive icon” with special resonance for her, since she is from the harbour area.
Putting the urgency of the Naqsam il-MUZA project into focus, Grech confessed to not being all that aware about MUZA and Valletta 2018 before she was called to participate ! as in fact I think most people aren’t – they need to promote it a bit more I think”.
She quickly added that however, her involvement with ‘Naqsam l-MUZA’ showed that this could change quite quickly if the right techniques are applied. Claiming that she was ‘honoured’ to be selected as a participant, Grech described the excitement of her friends seeing her picture on the papers and online media in conjunction with the project.
“They immediately started asking me why I was in the paper, what this was all about – they wanted to know all about it. I think this helps in getting the message out there”.