Although the Africa meets Africa project focuses on reintroducing these indigenous arts skills in South African schools, the principles of facilitating innovative thinking and effective teaching methodologies are meant to be applied to Utah classrooms and students as well. In essence, the project is a model for all educators to better understand the needs of their learners by validating knowledge systems within existing traditions of cultural expression (www.africameetsafrica.co/za).
These principles were put into practice during the highly successful ARTrageous educational program, which was held September 13 ad 14. For two days 230 youth toured the exhibition and participated in a hands-on activity learning to weave beads into patterns and designs modeled after Ndebele and Zulu designs in the show.
A closing reception featuring remarks from visiting educator, researcher, and writer Helene Smuts is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. on October 6. As the founder of the independent non-profit educational project Africa meets Africa, Smuts was a key player in Utah acquiring the exhibition and associated teaching materials. Everyone is welcome to attend the closing reception.