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Find out more about how local artists went to Uganda to teach art to the Batwa pygmies

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 22, 2011 at 6:01 am with No Comments »
March 21, 2011 3:05 pm
Batwa working on art projects. Photo: Cheryl Johnson.

I had a lot of good feedback about  my story on how local artists went to Uganda in January to teach members of the Batwa tribe (pygmies) how to make art. Displaced from their forest home by gorilla protection laws, the Batwa have had to learn other ways to make a living, and other concepts like creating objects, selling for future profit, making money off tourists and so on. Readers emailed me with all sorts of good ideas: someone wanted to buy the bottlecap necklaces, another offered to create a website for the Batwa art sales.

Bottlecap/inner tube necklaces made by the Batwa for sale. Photo: Lynn Di Nino.

It sounded like a really positive project for both Batwa and the artists involved, and even better – you can find out more at a presentation evening next week, where artist participants such as leader Marsha Conn, Judy Chambers, Cheryl Johnson, Annie Moorehouse, Joan Robbins, Elinor Maroney, Jim Robbins, Carol Brady and Lynn Di Nino will be showing and telling about their success story.

If you want to follow up on ideas you have or even just find out more, this is a great way to see the art and artists for yourself.

7 p.m. Mar. 30. Free, bring food/drink to share. Ballroom at Northwest Costume, 2315 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-396-0774

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