Thursday, January 8, 2009

Want to go to Africa?

ATTENTION ARTS THERAPISTS!
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US IN EAST AFRICA THIS SUMMER TO
HELP INITIATE A THERAPEUTIC ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN!
Background
Global Alliance for Africa is a non-profit organization based in Chicago
(USA), Monrovia (Liberia), Nairobi (Kenya) and Arusha (Tanzania). GAA's
mission is to work in partnership with African organizations to improve the
lives of children in Africa who have been orphaned or otherwise made
vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic. In 2006, GAA initiated an arts program for
orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya and Tanzania. For the past three
years, groups of American artists, teachers and students have traveled to
East Africa with Global Alliance to visit arts programs and work closely
with African artists to plan and conduct an annual art camp for children.
Development of Therapeutic Arts Program

The staff of GAA are interested in developing an ongoing, multi-site
therapeutic arts program in East Africa that addresses the psychosocial and
vocational needs of children and their caregivers.

In the summer of 2009 a small group of arts therapists from the U.S. will
join with arts facilitators in East Africa who are interested in developing
their skills and knowledge in relation to the therapeutic applications of
the arts. Initially, the therapeutic arts group will join with approximately
15 American artists, students, and teachers who will travel with GAA to
participate in the annual art camps for children. This combined group of
artists, teachers, students, art therapists, and arts facilitators from the
U.S. and East Africa will work with children in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi,
Kenya, Naivasha (Central Kenya), Lwak (Western Kenya), and Arusha, Tanzania.

The group will then gather at Bagomoyo College of Art in Tanzania, on the
coast of the Indian Ocean, to work and study together on the topic of
therapeutic applications of the arts. The trainings will be facilitated by
Cathy Moon, the Chair of the Art Therapy Department at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Angela Lyonsmith, art therapy faculty member
at SAIC and art therapist in private practice. The trainings will be
structured as an exchange of cultural and professional knowledge, with the
goal of initiating therapeutic arts programs in the East African context.

Trip Details

Tentative dates: July 7-25
Approximate cost of trip: $4,500 (Includes airfare, ground transportation,
accommodations, and some meals).
Deposit of $2000.00 due January 15 to secure flight reservations; a payment
of $1,500 is due March 1, and $1,000 due by April 1
Trip organized through Global Alliance for Africa,
www.globalallianceafrica.org
Questions about Global Alliance for Africa or travel details? Contact Linda
Stolz, Program Officer for Educational Initiatives,
lstolz@globalallianceafrica.org.
Questions about development of therapeutic arts program and educational /
cultural exchange? Contact Cathy Moon, cathyhylandmoon@comcast.net.

EAST AFRICA SUMMER 2009 * HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

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