Art Therapy & Videography to South Africa

Art Therapy & Videography to South Africa

From Arts & Healing In South Africa

Our mission is to collaboratively establish a therapeutic arts program helping young people find empowerment & healing in the township of Winterveldt, South Africa.

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over 7 years ago

Thank you all so much for your continued support at: http://fundly.com/the-bokamoso-life-center-travel-to-south-africa
What has your support contributed to?!
-2 mural projects (one mural seen below)
- the filming of a movie raising awareness about drug use and its dangers
- documentation of interviews conducted, exploring art and art therapy across South Africa
- 3 weeks of art therapy sessions and workshops

What's to come?
- editing of the movie
- provided art therapy into schools of Winterveldt and neighboring townships
- a completed documentation of a glimpse into art and art therapy across S
South Africa

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South Africa continues to rebuild after years of institutionalized racism instilled by the apartheid rule, ending only 20 years ago when Nelson Mandela became president. With limited resources the arts have served as tools for empowerment and healing throughout South Africa. Through the arts, communities have been able to share their stories and begin the healing process. 

In the township of Winterveldt, South Africa, The Bokamoso Life Center integrates drama, music, and poetry into the educational and empowerment programs offered to the youth. In 2011, art therapy and videography were introduced to the Center with the help of Derek Fowler, Becky Jacobson, and The George Washington University.  Becky later conducted a study revealing important issues facing South Africa's youth today. 

When we return to South Africa in July and August of 2014, Derek will be focusing on the creation of a documentary in collaboration with The Bokamoso Life Center, while also sharing with the youth ways they can make their own video documentations.  Becky will be taking the information found in the study conducted previously and return with culturally relevant art therapy interventions. Working collaboratively with the Bokamoso community, a culturally relevant therapeutic arts curriculum will begin to take shape.

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Thank you for all the support!

Thank you all so much for your continued support at: http://fundly.com/the-bokamoso-life-center-travel-to-south-africa
What has your support contributed to?!
-2 mural projects (one mural seen below)
- the filming of a movie raising awareness about drug use and its dangers
- documentation of interviews conducted, exploring art and art therapy across South Africa
- 3 weeks of art therapy sessions and workshops

What's to come?
- editing of the movie
- provided art therapy into schools of Winterveldt and neighboring townships
- a completed documentation of a glimpse into art and art therapy across S
South Africa

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Thank you for all the support!

Thank you all so much for your continued support at: http://fundly.com/the-bokamoso-life-center-travel-to-south-africa
What has your support contributed to?!
-2 mural projects (one mural seen below)
- the filming of a movie raising awareness about drug use and its dangers
- documentation of interviews conducted, exploring art and art therapy across South Africa
- 3 weeks of art therapy sessions and workshops

What's to come?
- editing of the movie
- provided art therapy into schools of Winterveldt and neighboring townships
- a completed documentation of a glimpse into art and art therapy across S
South Africa

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

South Africa Adventures!

It Will Be Quite The Adventure!

3 weeks assisting a group of Art Therapy Students traveling for their Cross-Cultural Art Therapy Course from The George Washington University

Connecting with those in South Africa interested in learning about Art Therapy

Living and working with the Bokamoso Life Center Community in Winterveldt, S.A.

Connecting with artists and community workers in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Looking Forward to Sharing About These Adventures to Come!

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over 7 years ago
And, Interviews and documentation showing the impact of art and art therapy, while mentoring others interested in learning videography.
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over 7 years ago
Video projects will include: Creating a local movie written and directed by Bokamoso Drama Director Thapelo Rhymee Mashaba.

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Campaign Update

Seven Days Left! Thank you for all the support we have received towards our goal on #Fundly! Any continued support is greatly appreciated. Check it out: http://fundly.com/the-bokamoso-life-center-travel-to-south-africa

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
almost 8 years ago

Flights Booked

Hello everyone!
We have booked our trip to South Africa and we are so grateful and excited for our travels to come. We are truly looking forward to the time we get to spend in Winterveldt with The Bokamoso community. We will leave the U.S. on July 11 and we will be returning on September 4.
We are so grateful to all the support we have received thus far! We thank you so very much!
We look forward to continuing to keep you updated!

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
about 8 years ago

Benefit performance featuring youth from the Bokamoso Youth Centre, Winterveldt, South Africa

A select group from the Bokamoso Life Center are here and rehearsals have begun for their performance!

For information about the performance please contact:
lesliej@gwu.edu

WHERE:
The George Washington University
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center (1st Floor)
800 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
(Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, Blue and Orange lines)

SPONSORS: GW Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Global Women’s Institute, with the support of the Department of Music, the Africana Studies and Women’s Studies Programs, and the Multi-Cultural Students Association; and community sponsors, the Bokamoso Youth Foundation, the Seekers Church, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

BACKGROUND:
Since the summer of 2003, Professor Leslie Jacobson has traveled to the rural township of Winterveldt, South Africa, with colleague Roy Barber from St. Andrews Episcopal School, to work with the young men and women at the Bokamoso Youth Center, using theatre, music, and dance to address issues challenging these youth and their families in their community, struggling with the realities of poverty: lack of education and employment opportunities; teenage pregnancy; rape and other violent crime; the HIV/AIDS crisis; etc. Created under the Apartheid regime in the early 1950’s, and situated about 30 miles northwest of Pretoria, the sprawling rural township of Winterveldt (population of over 700,000), though plagued with many challenges, is actively working to heal and restore its population, with contributions from various civic and religious organizations and private individuals. One of the most effective community organizations, the Bokamoso Youth Center, works with at-risk youth to bring focus and hope to their lives, and to get them into school and training programs.

Each summer, Jacobson, often accompanied by GW students (funded by undergraduate research fellowships), and Barber have developed plays and songs that address social problems in their community. These plays evolve from collaborations with the youth and participating GW students. Since 2004, a dozen youth from the Bokamoso Youth Center have traveled to the U.S. every January, staying with GW students for a week, attending classes, participating in the lives of University students. This deeply meaningful cultural exchange culminates in a performance at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre of the George Washington University, to benefit the Center’s Scholarship Fund.

The arts can be transformative in their power – and the relationship we have with the Bokamoso Youth Center is a living example of this power. This documentary, created by Caroline O’Grady, a theatre major accompanying Jacobson to
Winterveldt in 2009, was funded by a Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

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Arts & Healing In South Africa posted a new update:
about 8 years ago

Check Out My Latest Campaign Update

Derek and I are returning to South Africa this summer. Our campaign is now underway! Help us bring the therapeutic arts to the township community of Winterveldt, South Africa, on #Fundly! You can donate as much or little as you want. Any support helps! Check it out: http://fundly.com/the-bokamoso-life-center-travel-to-south-africa

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