Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa

by African Angels
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Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
An Angel with his artwork
An Angel with his artwork

Art for Art, run by sisters Isabella and Julia are long time supporters of the Visual Arts programme at African Angels.

We are delighted to let you know that the girls are running a fall art exhibition to benefit African Angels that is now live and running up until November 25!

The exhibit will take place online due to current COVID restrictions.

There are beautiful photographs of all the Angels' artwork, together with fun and interactive exhibits on the Art For Art website.

Every piece of art comes with an artist bio, so you can see who made the artwork and learn a little bit about the students!

Their goal is to raise at least USD$500.00 for African Angels through this exhibit!

Please click on the Art for Art's link above, and consider purchasing an artwork, from the safety of your home, that will help bring art to children in South Africa.

You can even send a thank you note to the African Angel whose work you purchased.

Thank you for your support, and a huge thanks to Isabella and Julia.

Lou Billett

P.S. If you're in Georgia, keep a look out for the November Lifestyle Magazine edition that will feature the exhibition.

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Arts with little Angels
Arts with little Angels

#artmatters

African Angels is humbled by the long term support from Julia and her organisation in the United States, @artforartorg

Julia and her team will be hosting an online art exhibition in July, to benefit African Angels.

This is what she shared on her social medial post via Instagram.

We are partnered with the international charity African Angels to provide funding for holistic academic and visual arts classes for over 100 students. In addition to providing hot meals, African Angels provides visual arts classes for children who live in communities without electricity, running water, sanitation or suitable housing. These classes teach the students to think critically and creatively, to observe and analyze, to express feelings and to problem-solve.

From July 5 - July 23, Art for Art will be hosting an online art exhibition featuring emerging student artists to support domestic and international COVID-19 relief. The exhibit is taking place on our website, and you can find the link in our bio. African Angels is one of the causes which will receive the proceeds from the art sold.

 We are deeply appreciative of Julia's sustained fundraising efforts to support visual arts at African Angels.  Now we are back to school, with some very strict procedures, we hope to start our visual arts programme again.

Because of Julia and her supporters, children who would never before have the opportunity to express themselves through art, can.  Please support the Art for Art exhibition - covid safe - as it's online, if you can.

"To draw you must close your eyes and sing." 
Pablo Picasso

Luvuyo and his creation
Luvuyo and his creation
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Since African Angels started the African Angels Independent School in 2012, we have had three classes leave primary school for high school.  In 2020 we will have 23 graduates attending 12 different high schools, including some incredible schools like the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.  In the December holidays we gathered our graduates together to discuss what legacy they were planning to leave their community, and what the collective group of graduates were going to be called.  After much discussion and laughter, the group decided learners who graduate from African Angels were now Guardian Angels, and their slogan (in the local language Xhosa) would be iimbewu ezinekamva eliqaqambileyo, which, loosely translated, means 'seeds planted for the future.'  

We believe at African Angels that by providing a quality primary school education at the African Angels Independent School, we are preparing learners to be successful in high school. For children who come from a background of poverty, there are many support structures missing, and it is even more important, as they navigate the world of high school, that they remain supported.  In 2020 we have appointed a youth officer to support our learners in high school, and help them work their way through the upcoming challenges - big and small.

In South Africa today only 1 in 14 children who start high school graduate.  Of the 14 children who do graduate to university, only 1 in 6 complete university. 

Our aim is to see every African Angel finish high school, and as many as possible enter university or further education, and to successfully gain employment - first prize in South Africa.

Thank you for supporting our work. 

Please consider joining our Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/africanangelsfamily/ 

Please donate today through our GlobalGiving page to support our work.

Thank you,

Lou 

Chairperson, African Angels

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We wouldn't be able to bring the arts to children at African Angels, without you.  We have restocked our paint supply this term.  We have sent artworks over the the US that will be exhibited and sold as part of Art For Art's support of our Visual Arts Programme.  

We have a new opportunity in 2020 for a self funded art teacher to come and volunteer at African Angels leading our Angels to experience visual arts.  If you've ever wanted to come and give disadvantaged kids a peek into the arts, and experience the incredible South Africa, please get in contact with Lou Billett, email loukbillett@gmail.com and we will help you make that happen.

Thank you again for helping us bring the arts to our Angels.

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Grade R this week had tonnes of fun putting together some wooly faces as part of their creative arts curriculum.  

Click on the link to watch!

Visual arts is conducted in each class at African Angels.  Our children live in severely compromised situations (many with no electricity, no running water, no sanitation, no proper housing) to to think creatively, with an open mind; to observe and describe, to analyze and interpret; to express feelings, with or without words; to practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts and, importantly, have fun. Thank you for supporting the arts at African Angels!A

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Location: East London, Eastern Cape - South Africa
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Lou Billett
East London, Eastern Cape South Africa
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