Artfully AWARE has advocated over the years for human rights by creating and participating in numerous events and exhibitions. The purpose is to represent communities’ issues and challenges through celebrations of cultural diversity and identity. We strongly believe in the power of social action to build bridges of understanding between our own culture and the cultures of others.
PAST ADVOCACY EVENTS:
Becoming Artfully AWARE: Linking Local and International Communities through the Arts, February 2012, New Orleans, USA
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. View photo album here.
Local to Global: A New Orleans Story. August 2011, New Orleans, USA
AfA presented an exhibition that spoke to the community through paintings, photography and poetry via its artists that were displayed in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Gallery.
Art in Action. June 2011, New Orleans, USA
Over 400 attendees helped support our visual and performing arts education programs in Africa by connecting them to our communities in New Orleans at an exhibition held at the M Francis Gallery on Julia Street. View photo album here.
Artisan Fair at the United Nations. March 2011, 2010, 2009, New York, USA
We showcased ourselves to well-established international organizations at the United Nations Artisan Fair, an event designed to highlight women’s rights, women’s products and to support the empowerment of women through craft and trade.
An Evening with AfA NOLA and the United Nations. March, 2011, New Orleans, USA
Our event showcased paintings, photography and sculptures of some of the finest contemporary artists in New Orleans. Undertaken in partnership with Cathedral Creative Studios, the event took place at their location on Julia Street. View photo album here.
Entitled to Live. December 2010, New Orleans, USA
In collaboration with Collective World Art Community and PhotoNOLA, our St Claude Arts District’s event featured local and national artists of various disciplines who expressed their unique perspectives on culture, societal challenges and personal experiences to inspire togetherness through our differences. View photo album here.
NYC Summer Gala. June 2010, New York, USA
Hosted by the Moore Brothers Wine Company, our AfA gala included live entertainment by Mexican, Australian, Ugandan and Zimbabwean entertainers, food and wine-tasting. Much needed funds were raised to support our ongoing programs in Africa. View photo album here.
Musicport Festival. October 2009, Bridlington, UK
AfA coordinated a children’s painting workshop relating to the performances on stage and music themes, while showcasing African artwork.
Artists United for Human Rights. October 2009, Buffalo, USA
Teachers and artists combined forces to support human rights focusing on education, awareness and prevention of child abuse and trafficking. AfA showcased artwork from our model projects in Africa and talented vocalist, Melissa Kate, performed along side other incredible Buffalo musicians. View photo album here.
Mooch Art Gallery. July, 2009, Manchester, UK
A six week exhibition showcased beautifully framed paintings from a series of AfA empowerment workshops held with children and adults in rural Uganda. View photo album here.
Not Part of Festival. July, 2009, Manchester, UK
Manchester’s outdoor amphitheater was transformed in to an artistic playground when AfA, along with an injection of The Fancy Toys musical band, hosted a live Art in Action event. Artists were spread around, painting on huge canvases live to the music, and engaged members of the public. View photo album here.
National Three Peaks Challenge. June 2009, Scotland
UK Managing Director Emily Hatfield coordinated a team that embarked on an intense physical challenge to raise money for our African programs. The challenge involved climbing Britain’s three highest peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – all within 24 hours. View photo album here.
Paradise Gardens Festival. June 2009, London, UK
Victoria Park magically transformed into a modern day pleasure garden for a weekend packed full of events and entertainment in the heart of the East End, London. We showcased our AfA Artwork Line and raised awareness of our programs and work.
Figment Festival. June 2009, New York, USA
In the spirit of Burning Man, AfA combined drama with art and created an Art in Action installation comprised of human bodies. The volunteers entered the space to be transformed by human hand into a variety of shapes and were named, as if they were plants in a garden. View photo album here.
Sierra Club Awards Dinner. June 2009, New York, USA
We were at the NY Chapter’s Awards Dinner to feature and sell beautiful paintings and artwork by our African community participants.
New York Music Event. November 2008, New York, USA
The Melissa Kate Project entertained a crowd of attendees, and volunteers gave a presentation to introduce AfA to NYC residents, arts educators and leaders in the arts community. View photo album here.
Music for Change. April 2008, Chesterfield, UK
St Thomas’ Church held an evening of entertainment from performers Ashley Radford and an A Cappella vocal quartet called Vocal Fusion that was formed by students at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Proceeds went to the Leukaemia Research Fund and AfA. View photo album here.
Painter Meets Rock Musicians. February 2008, London, UK
An English pub was the host of a unique event for AfA’s first fundraiser and Art in Action event. Executive Director Hilary Wallis teamed up with London based band The Blues Nuns and painted live during the band’s performance which formed a duet of music and art. Four paintings were created, and all sold in a live auction on the night. View photo album here.