After one year of the pandemic, as mobility restrictions and isolation measures began to be eased and people started returning to public life little by little, the neglect in our streets and a general state of disrepair in our cities became apparent.

In order to recover public spaces, strengthen a sense of belonging and inspire hope, 3M created the regional #ScienceIsHope movement - a project that worked with local artists to decorate the streets of different cities around Latin America.

The goal was to move away from traditional communication ideas and plans for publicizing the results from “The State of Science Index (SOSI 2021)” to highlight science as something important, relevant, interesting, encouraging and inspiring for Latin American society and humanity in general.

Each year, the 3M brand presents the results from its independent study entitled “The State of Science Index” aimed at measuring people’s perception of science-related issues.

The coverage strategy for this campaign chosen by 3M involved painting murals at key or iconic places in different cities around Latin America in partnership with local artists.

For inspiration, the artists based their ideas on the results from the fifth edition of the study. From among the study’s findings, the muralists chose the importance of including girls and women in science; the shared sensation that science brings hope to tackling the problems that affect us as humanity; and the importance of creativity and curiosity in the process of exploration inherent to scientific research; among other things.


Art intervention in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Brazil and Mexico. Creation of a “Science Is Hope” micro-site for safeguarding and communicating the artists’ work. This initiative achieved 141 publications in the media, an AD Value of US$ 352,91.76 and an impact of 24,683,664 total impressions, while the Digital PR strategy obtained a potential reach of 9.9 million people.

“In the search to enhance this highly relevant program for 3M, creativity played an essential role in finding a different way to communicate this. We discovered that, through the universal visual language of art, we could speak to the importance of science and gender equality while also building a partnership network between all LLYC offices in Latin America, local artists and local authorities to make it happen, this being significant in guaranteeing the project’s impact across the region”

Amílcar Olivares
Senior Director of Corporate Communication

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