Three Colors


Three Colors is a branch of Core to Corps. We want to encourage the questions, WHERE, WHY, WHO, WHEN, HOW? We are committed to developing the foundational skills of observation, exploration, and reflection to the minds of youths in underserved communities. All young people deserve the dignity and opportunity to develop their innovative and creative potential.

Our Story…

It all started in 2010 with a little boy’s question from the township of Mamelodi, South Africa… “Where is the green?” he asked. Professor Siegler was teaching an art class that integrated math literacy with color theory at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in the township of Mamelodi South Africa in the summer of 2010 with a group from Harvard University called The Mamelodi Initative. The class was creating a color wheel. They divided the circle into 6 equal sections. All they had for materials and supplies were plastic cups, one brush, a piece of paper, a pencil and three colors (red, yellow, and blue) of paint for a project. After the primary colors were painted into the appropriate sections of the color wheel, one of the students, Themba, looked at Professor Siegler with curious unwavering eyes and asked, “Where is the green?”…

It might seem like a simple question, but Themba was about to be introduced to a concept, not just an answer. Themba was going to observe what would happen when he explored the possibility of combining two colors to make a new color. He was going to learn with understanding and reflect on what happened. The moment when Themba saw the yellow and blue turn to green, the sense of wonderment on his face lit up the room. Mixing two colors opened his world to experimentation, observation, and imagination.

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