I have just spent a few days with an old friend of 25 years from Zambia and discovered a really interesting project that she has become involved with. Pam Carr is a well-known safari personality in Zambia as well as being one of the countries leading artists and art-related academics.
In 2011 another friend, Claire Chan, and two colleagues launched The stART Foundation as a charitable trust dedicated to “the generation and promotion of visual arts practice and arts education in Zambia”.
They achieve this by hosting exhibitions in Claire Chan’s ‘Just Imagine Gallery’ in Lusaka, which provides high level exposure for Zambian artists. These exhibitions generate the revenue to sustain the arts education program which works with young disadvantaged Zambians. Their stated mission is To seek, select and cultivate creative talent within the context of current artistic practice and for the artists of the future.
Have a look at their website at www.thestartfoundationtrust.org
Pam is based in Mfuwe bordering on the famous South Luangwa National Park where she runs art workshops for groups of kids under the banner of The stART Foundation. Have a look at her website at www.pamguhrs-carr.com . The children create pieces of art that are then exhibited in the Just Imagine Gallery back in Lusaka. Money from the works that are sold goes back to the kids via the guardians and the schools and is used for buying books, uniforms, shoes etc. Most of the start kids are double orphans.
Recently they undertook a somewhat ambitious project of creating a larger than life-size elephant out of litter! This huge elephant is now being used with great success to raise awareness for anti litter and other conservation programmes.