Founder, Artistic & Creative Director of Art with heArt Africa
Country: South Africa
Born and raised in Cape Town, classically trained as a Ballet Dancer, is Founder, Artistic & Creative Director of Art with heArt Africa a non-profit organization. Its primary focus is on uplifting vulnerable women and children in particular.
A Peace Advocate – processing Peace with school learners, community organizations and promoting Peace through public talks, nationally (she recently spread Peace in conjunction with 16 days of Activism – a campaign against violence & abuse toward Women and Children
A champion for the poor and forgotten
Worked as the Project Manager for the Mpumalanga Traditional Art Market
A crafter, working and facilitating workshops on how to create jewelry with waste materials, a beader who does mural making, and writer of short stories and poet.
A Community Art Pyschoanaylitics Practioner, who believes that art, heals – this course was taken to assist in minimizing trauma in abused people, using art therapy methodologies to heal.
Deputy Chairperson for GOMACC – Central (Gauteng Organization of Community Arts and Culture Centres) working across all the art disciplines and the promoting of the arts in general.
Member of the International Women’s Peace Group
Mentored teachers to apply art within the curriculum, she teaches art at disadvantaged schools and encourages experiential learning.
Senior Facilitator at Lefike La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Centre) working with austic and disadvantaged children from ages 4 to 16) on the Open Studio Project.
A Promoter and Arts Practioner
A Community partner with University of Johannesburg, and linked to FADA (Faculty of Fashion Art, Design & Architecture)
Inspirational Speaker talks on various issues – particularly on Peace and self belief
Achievements:1. Created African Paper Prayers for Peace, an initiative that focuses on processing PEACE as a mind shifter, encouraging social cohesion, anger management, xenophobia and tolerance, through creative expression through writing a letter collaborating with the (Write to God) initiative to release emotion.
2. Adopted schools In Port St Johns (Eastern Cape), Siyabuswa, Kwa Mhlanga
Adopted the Ferreira Primary School in the inner-city of Johannesburg and Sheikh Anta Diop Primary school in Yeoville, Johannesburg
Facilitated an art project with Street Kids in Mellville, Johannesburg – for six months in 2012 to 2013
3. Coordinated the participation of our children’s art at the Sochi Olympics in Russia for the International Children’s Art Exhibition in March 2014
4. Chalking the legacy – our Children did chalk art for Peace infront of Museum Africa to mark Madiba’s birthday 2013 and facilitated the making of Christmas Posters for Rahima Moosa & Helen Joseph hospitals in 2013
5. Celebrated Woman’s Day in Umtata (Elliotdale) in Eastern Cape – we did the African Paper Prayers for Peace with the women in August 2013
6. Coordinated the children’s Xmas visit to the Zoo – with 120 vulnerable children from Malaika (a building that houses the children in Hillbrow Johannesburg and surrounds) – December 2013
7. Took the Grade 7 school learners to the Market Theatre to experience contemporary dance with Vuyani Dance to mark Take a child to the Theatre Day
8. Created a discussion on African Dance and Music influences from slavery to liberation – interactive talk with Vuyani Dance Students 2012 and Market Theatre Laboratory – emphasizing the power of mime
9. June 16th Took 100 kids with educators to Museum Africa to mark Human Rights Day (a discussion with Councillor Cathy Seefort who was our guest speaker and Human Rights lawyer, Naseema Fakir addressed the children on the constitution, thereafter they went on a guided tour of the “The Rise and Fall of apartheid” exhibition
10. Mandela Day – visually launched African Paper Prayers for Peace(APPfP) at Constitutional Hill 2014
11. Mandela Day – did APPfP with 200 vulnerable kids of Hillbrow at Lefika La Phodiso (the Art Therapy Centre) in Parktown
12. Took school learners to Gerald FitzPatrick Ladies Home for the Aged in Bertrams , our learners performed for the Ladies and had high tea with them “Acknowledging our Elders” project for Woman’s Day 2014
13. Motivational talks using African Paper Prayers for Peace (APPfP) with University of Johannesburg (Uj) through 2013 & 2014
14. Processed Peace with the Brahma Kumaris as part of their Woman of Spirit program
15. Sending APPfP to the children of Brazil as a goodwill gesture of Peace from our children, it will be presented to the Brazilian Embassy later this year (it was intended to go for the World Cup) but it was not possible at the time.
16. Painted posters with the Learners of Ferreira Primary School for the Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa Hospitals in December 2013
17. Will be painting African Angels for the CHOC Kids wards in Charlotte Maxeke & Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospitals (Children living with cancer related illnesses)
18. Spread Peace on a 3 day camp with the CHOC kids in September 2014
19. Did APPfP in Cape Town with the Grape Pickers and their children in August for Woman’s Month – 2014
20. Delivered the address on behalf of the writer, Sydda Essop for the launch of her book Karoo Kitchen – Woman’s Day 2014 at Artscape, Cape Town
21. Processed Peace with Rena La Lona a centre for disadvantaged Kids to mark 16 Days of Activism – December 2014
22. Had an art project with John Wesley Home for Girls in Kempton Park Johannesburg – for the Ekurhuleni Municipality – December 2014
23. Taking 30 children from the Rena La Lona Centre to see Peter Pan the Pantomime on December 2014 at the Joburg Theatre
Received the Award of excellence from COJ Sport for my participation bringing art into sport 2012
Participate in the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul, Korea in September 2014
Was awarded a trophy of appreciation for bringing the arts to Ferreira Primary School 2013 & 2014