Annual exhibit excites

2019-07-09 06:00
Children who take part in the Butterfly Art Project’s Heart of Art programme will showcase their work at Casa Labia on Thursday 18 July.

Children who take part in the Butterfly Art Project’s Heart of Art programme will showcase their work at Casa Labia on Thursday 18 July.

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The Butterfly Art Project will host its 2019 annual exhibition at the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg on Thursday 18 July.

Since the non-profit organisation was formed in 2010, facilitators have sought to encourage creativity and healing through art in order to build strong communities of active, artistic and stable citizens who are able to recognise and utilise opportunities.

Their annual exhibition, now in its ninth year, gives the children in their programmes an opportunity to exhibit and showcase their very own works of art to the public, says programmes coordinator Rameez Davids.

“It instils a sense of pride and achievement in our children and is a celebration of their work. All of the artworks are for sale,” says Davids.

He says a portion of each sale goes directly to the child and their family, with the rest of the proceeds going back into the Butterfly Art Project’s activities to continue their work for those who need it most.

This year’s exhibition will showcase the works of the learners from the Heart for Art project; an afterschool programme run next door to Capricorn Primary School every day.

“Samples of all our beneficiaries and their children will be showcased at the exhibition as well as 50 selected and curated artworks that best represent our project and the range of work we do in communities,” says Davids.

He adds that their training programme has empowered adults on how to run healing art classes in up to 39 different communities across the Western Cape.

“Each of these adults, known as community art facilitators, have classes with children from 12 to 150 kids in disadvantaged communities,” Davids says.

This year the Butterfly Art Project partnered with Casa Labia because they have offered them a permanent training facility to upskill adults in therapeutic art-based lessons.

“The training programme focuses on enabling and empowering these community art facilitators to be able to implement healing art classes in disadvantaged communities,” he says, adding that the curriculum aims to create safe spaces that are a catalyst for holistic healthy development and that encourage exploration and creativity.

The exhibition will start at 18:00 and Davids is confident that it is going to impress.

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