Since 2007, Artfully AWARE has developed and implemented dozens of programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and South Africa. AfA instructors have taught various workshops that used theater, dance, music, media and painting techniques to educate, improve social-well being and assist in economic development.
Listed below is a small sampling of some of our recent past projects that fell into two categories: Education Partnerships and Community Development.
Artfully AWARE took over the New Orleans Museum of Art for a night that celebrated the rich diversity of New Orleans where 2,000 people attended. Children and adults from across the community and the world contributed artwork and creative writing that was displayed in the Great Hall and surrounding galleries. There were over 100 participating schools, community groups, health centers, organizations and professional artists. The appreciation of the arts proved the global connection between New Orleans and the international works represented from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, England, Egypt, China, Panama, Uganda, Cuba, the Himalayas, Vietnam and Haiti. The evening began with a performance by the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Guardians of the Flame. Michael Watson, the musical director of Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, played with his Quartet, cellist Monica McIntyre entertained the crowd and the New Orleans Dance Collective performed an inspiring dance piece based on unity. Visitors interacted with professional writers and artists from A Studio in the Woods, caught a literary reading organized by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, listened to original poetry and prose read by students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, viewed photography that reflects the Sierra Club’s local environmental efforts, heard speakers from the Young Leadership Council and watched short films that explored human rights issues. One Million Bones, a hands-on art initiative that raises genocide awareness, exhibited a powerful installation that contained handmade bones suspended in water. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art displayed their Artists and Sense of Place exhibit, which paired students with artists and explored the influence of situation and geography on their lives, and the Contemporary Arts Center’s Teen Board showed a short film about self identity, alongside a selection of handmade masks. The New Orleans Hornets provided tickets to an NBA basketball game for winners of our community and school art competition. All visitors received a beautiful book of short stories and visual art created by AfA participants.
View our special photo album highlighting the entire Museum of Art event by clicking here.
Read the full Museum participants list by clicking here.
AfA organized and supported partnerships between schools and communities in the United Kingdom and Africa through our Community Education Program. AfA created projects for use in the school environment that were easily integrated through many different subjects, both individually and cross-curricular. We focused on communities’ strengths, cultural understanding, breaking stereotypes and finding ways to overcome challenges cialis generique. This was mutually beneficial for all participating communities by encouraging all participants to look beyond their own school, community and country. Our program enabled schools to use the curriculum to cultivate the knowledge, values and skills needed for young people to act as globally aware citizens.
The collaborative partnership with the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation in New Orleans (ECFLF) and Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians allowed Artfully AWARE to connect the under-served population of at-risk Central City youth and their families to the performing, written and visual arts. The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians are a Central City-based tribe, charted in 1835, with a long history and legacy in New Orleans culture. Together, we worked with the children and families to share the heritage, art and oral history of this tradition. This included creating artwork that elaborated components of the traditional Indian costume and the performances of traditional chants and dances. Hoping to help re-discover this essentially hidden traditional culture, we assisted the Mardi Gras Indians in gaining additional recognition for their spiritual and material contribution to our society.
Two women from Venezuela represented Artfully AWARE during a two month program in South Africa and Swaziland while working alongside our partners, Art For Humanity and Swaziland Theater for Children and Young People (SWATCYP). They were tasked with advancing a joint program where visual arts, poetry and theater was used to teach about HIV/AIDS prevention in the classrooms of local schools and community groups in the two countries.
Artfully AWARE was part of an Adopt-a-School effort in Mwiko, Rwanda. The first phase of the project included having AfA Team Leaders initiate painting projects with community members and school students, design and paint a six meter mural, form an Arts Club and assist with creating the final festival to celebrate the project with the entire community - which was the first festival the school, founded in 1958, has ever held. Colleagues described that it was a miraculous experience to see the children go from having absolutely no experience with ‘future visioning’ and ‘dreaming’ to a state where they could imagine, “what is our/my dream; what needs to happen to achieve it; what obstacles must be overcome; and how can I share our/my dream with others to engage them in supporting us?” The process that AfA Team Leaders took the children through – to begin to think deeply and express their internal feelings – was the most amazing aspect of it all.