Renewing Material: Nurturing Environment was a continuation of the arts and education project launched in 2008. In 2010, Lesli and Fred teamed up with art education specialists to work directly with Ugandan students and community members on initiatives that focused on the promotion and preservation of Ugandan bark cloth through the context of environmental awareness.
This program launched with a traveling exhibition on November 21st, 2010 at two locations in Uganda: Kasota Primary School and Buyoga Trading Centre both in the Masaka District. The communities at each location partnered with our project to exhibit their local crafts and works on bark cloth alongside an exhibition of contemporary works on bark cloth from across the globe. Visiting artists from Kampala, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, Sarah Nakisanze, and Ivan Yakuze attended and exhibited their artwork.
Images and works from abroad included student works from Parsons New School of Design, concept pieces of furniture, fashion, interior design and more by designers from Germany, the Netherlands, and England.
A focus on nurturing environment was explored through the creation of artworks using a variety of art media as the project continued in the following days. Teachers and students from 10 area schools were invited to Kasota Primary School on the 22nd and Maleku Primary School on the 23rd to participate in Art Workshops and a Talking Mural Exchange with Rasor Elementary in Plano, Texas.
This international mural exchange that was started in Masaka was completed by school children at Rasor Elementary in Plano, Texas in January of 2011. These students contributed their ideas and thoughts on the same mural in hopes that the each group would learn about the interconnected issues faced in this global village.
Supported by UNT Institute for the Advanced of the Arts