Art Aids Art

Monday, December 28, 2009

2009 Ends on a High Note!

On December 1 Art Aids Art recognized World AIDS Day and celebrated the 1st anniversary of eKhaya eKasi, our art & education center in Khayelitsha, South Africa. eKhaya eKasi continues to increase its educational programming while creating income for local artists and moving toward the ultimate goal of sustainable self-sufficiency.

We invite you to read our recent World AIDS Day featured blog post created for Speak Up For Change at

The first mosaic sign is mounted at eKhaya eKasi! Special thanks to artists Gina Florentino and Carole Scrooby for giving their time and skills to create the colorful sign and train our staff in mosaics... Stay tuned for the mounting of the mirrored sign.

Funeka Dukwe and Yoliswa Thembani unpack more teacups and saucers donated by Art Aids Art supporters to the JAZZ Tea Shop at eKhaya eKasi... while listening to donated jazz CD's. Thanks to all those who contributed supplies, black dolls and children's books!

Isaac Aggrey of Women's Business Center works on the computer donated by June Shelley to eKhaya eKasi Center.
Thanks to June for providing us with her old laptop!... and to Isaac for training eKhaya eKasi staff in computer skills and helping to establish our internet connection despite the theft of phone cables in our neighborhood. Art Aids Art & eKhaya eKasi will host a variety of training programs in 2010.

Early arrivals anxiously await the first movie screening at eKhaya eKasi. A wide variety of South African and American movies will be screened weekly...with drinks and popcorn for all.

Time to dim the lights and start the show!

Having fun with the project during the closing credits...

We say goodbye to 2009 and look forward to an exciting 2010. With the FIFA World Cup (hosted by South Africa) right around the corner, eKhaya eKasi is gearing up to be a major destination for township tourism.

Art Aids Art expresses gratitude to all of its supporters, donors, beadwork party hosts and volunteers who continue to make our programs possible. We can't do it without you!

And special thanks to all of our 2009 year-end beadwork party hosts & volunteers in the USA and Europe!

Donna Fogel, San Francisco
Mindy Aronovitz & Stacy Gordon, Michigan
Robin Barlow Jones & Marcia Bedford, Oakland
Chloe Garcia & Chris Bostwick
Carol Mitchell & The Franciscan Center, Tampa
Nanette Amis & Jodee Reed, Salt Lake City
Tina Carrari, Fiesole, Italy
St. James Church, Florence, Italy
Network Women's Group, Florence, Italy
Laura Panizzi & Associazione IDEA ONLUS, Alessandria, Italy
Mercato per Beneficenza at Creative Corner, Florence, Italy
Sherry Simpson-Dean & United Nations Association, Pasadena
Mark Henegan, Stephanie Herbeck, Daniel Vanburen & Madiba Restaurant, Brooklyn


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