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[PRESS RELEASE] THE NOMPUMELELO FINE ARTS AND DANCE PROJECT

In August, PASCAP Trust held the final installment of our Fine Arts and Dance Project with a group of enthusiastic young people from Sakhikamva High School in the Eastern Cape. The project, sponsored by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), aimed to equip pupils from disadvantaged communities with fundamental skills in Dance and Fine Arts.

The Fine Arts and Dance Project offered a series of intensive sessions that focused on enabling the skills of 19 youth in Dance and Fine Arts. The expected outcomes of the project include:

Fine Arts

  • An understanding of the art of fine arts;
  • An insight on the proficiency of art skills, with a focus on acrylic and oil painting;
  • A gained insight on the history of fine arts, the different methods, and techniques;
  • The ability to demonstrate learning through practical activities; and
  • Mentorship and career guidance from a professional artist.

Dance

  • An understanding of Dance and movement;
  • An exploration of the different types of dance;
  • Beginner skills attained in African, Jazz and contemporary dance;
  • The ability to demonstrate learning through practical activities; and
  • Mentorship and career guidance from a professional artist.

10 learners were chosen to participate in the Dance Programme which was facilitated by a highly trained dance instructor. As part of the programme, the group also received some dancing gear: a dance outfit, a gym bag, and a towel.

9 took part in the Fine Arts Programme, which was facilitated by a fine arts professional. This group of young artists received art materials like sketch pads, canvases, acrylics and other related items to aid them in their painting.

After receiving a series of sessions with facilitators, the learners were given the opportunity to showcase all that they had learned at the Nompumelelo Methodist Church on the 25th of August 2017. Parents, teachers and a few learners from the school were invited to attend the event. With over a 100 attendees, the fine arts students proudly stood next to their canvases and explained to the crowd what inspired them, the dancers also received an opportunity to perform a couple of learned routines, both contemporary dance and the jive.

The two groups received a warm round of applause from the community and were awarded certificates for their active participation in the programme. Mr. Manana, a teacher at Sakhikhamva, closed the programming by thanking everyone involved and gave some encouraging words to learners: to continue to “pursue the two arts and continue to learn so that they can turn this into a profession, and one day give back to Nompumulelo.”

The Eastern Cape still holds so much hidden talent. PASCAP and the NLC will continue to proudly ensure that it emerges.

 

18/10/2017



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