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Art for Development

Posted by Paddy On June - 20 - 2009
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ART FOR DEVELOPMENT

This blog takes a look at some of the initiatives in Grahamstown which aim to use art to develop the youth. Such projects use art, dance, drama, poetry and play as a means to keep youngsters out of trouble.

Egazini Arts and Crafts Outreach Project

This blog takes a look at some of the initiatives in Grahamstown which aim to use art to develop the youth. Such projects use art, dance, drama, poetry and play as a means to keep youngsters out of trouble.
We visited the Egazini Arts and Crafts Outreach Project, run by Bongani Diko. This group uses drama to stimulate some of the youth in the townships. This group has been so successful that they are performing at this years National Arts Festival. Their show is entitled ” My Xhosa”. Simply click on the link below to find out more about their performance…

“My Xhosa”

We went to watch one of their rehearsals, and spoke to Diko about the impact that this initiative has on these youngsters’ lives. For this exclusive preview watch the short video clip below…

Hope you enjoyed that?

Let us know if you are planning on attending the show by commenting below…

We also compiled a slideshow of some of the artwork that is created at Egazini. There are many artists who work on commission to produce linocuts, paintings, etchings and wood cuts.

Photo Slideshow

To watch and learn more about Egazini’s projects click on the link below…

Egazini Projects

Janet Buckland: Amaphiko Township Dance Project

We also spoke to Janet Buckland who is this years Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year. We spoke to her about the Amaphiko Dance Project she runs.

This project uses dance to help the under-privileged youth of Grahamstown become excited about their talents.

To hear what Buckland had to say about this project listen to this audio clip

Keep Kids Off the Streets

We also uncovered a new inititaive called Keep Kids Off the Streets (KKOTS). This intitive is run by local community members who are trying to keep the youth out of mischief. This project runs every Saturday at the Recreation Hall in Tantyi township. It is the collaborative project of the Centre for Social Development (CSD) and volunteers from Rhodes University and around Grahamstown.

Carol Johnson, from the CSD, spoke to us about this new initiative. Listen to the audio clip that we compiled below…

Carol Johnson Interview

We interviewed a community member who is actively involved in the KKOTS program.  Watch this short video clip to find out more…

1 Response

  1. alette Said,

    I’m keen to know what Arts projects KKOTS runs. And what is the name of their community organiser?

    Posted on July 28th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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