Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange in Zimbabwe 2023
Our International Cooperation Program is expanding and we are so excited to share with all of you the important work taking place in different communities around the world.
In December 2023, eleven artists and creatives traveled from Canada to engage in a 10-day experiential learning experience through the arts.
This edition of the MUSE Arts Community Arts Residence took place at Ubuntu Learning Village, an Indigenous community near Gutu, Zimbabwe, from December 1st to December 13th, 2023.
We met eleven artists and creatives from local communities and had the chance to exchange knowledge and experience as it relates to Community Arts and Community Engagement through Arts Facilitation. We also undertook the creation and installation of a large mural at one of the Village’s new buildings.
We were so fortunate to have artists from different disciplines in our groups and were able to lead a beautiful mural creation process which involved mural consultation and conversations on themes such as identity and community.
Thanks to our partnership with StreetArToronto, we were able to invite muralist Philip Sanders who shared his knowledge and experience with local artists as well as with young artists involved in the residency. Philip will continue his residency with MUSE Arts in Toronto and as a result of it , we will create a new mural in the city of Toronto under his guidance.
We have engaged young artists in a process of knowledge-sharing and exchange and are looking forward to expanding in this mentorship program in the summer of 2024!
After many months of planning, we were able to see the fruits of this dream and we are filled with love and gratitude with everyone who made this experience possible, especially Dr. Moyo Rainos Mutamba and all the kids and women of Ubuntu Learning Village.
We are grateful to all the dreamers and doers who joined us in this beautiful experience. We laughed, danced, and learnt together. We came to Ubuntu Learning Villages as strangers and left as family.
To the artists, thank you for believing in transformation through the arts.
To our partners Ubuntu Learning Village and StreetArToronto, our deepest gratitude for the shared purpose and for holding space for the professional and human development of artists.
To the community, thank you for welcoming us with open hearts.
We are because you are. Ubuntu.